Empirical Studies of Financial Innovation: Lots of Talk, Little Action?
W. Scott Frame
Lawrence J. White
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 1, March 2004
This paper reviews the extant empirical studies of financial innovation. Adopting broad criteria and spanning a long time horizon, we found surprisingly few studies (39), with most (23) having been conducted since 1998. Especially striking is that only two studies test hypotheses advanced in many descriptive articles as to the economic/environmental conditions that encourage financial innovation. We offer conjectures as to why empirical studies of financial innovation are comparatively rare, including as a culprit the absence of accessible data. We urge financial regulators to undertake more surveys of financial innovation and to make the resulting data available to researchers.
Frame, W., Scott, and Lawrence J. White.
"Empirical Studies of Financial Innovation: Lots of Talk, Little Action?"
Journal of Economic Literature,
Monetary Systems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System; Payment Systems
Financial Institutions and Services: General
Management of Technological Innovation and R&D