In a context of intense globalization where China is acclaimed as the largest export power in the world, this study takes place to offer an overview on how China’s foreign trade affects Latin American financial development. Using annual data from 17 Latin American economies observed over the period 1982-2009 and a heterogeneous panel regression based on a the Pooled Mean Group (PMG) approach of Pesaran et al. (1999), this analysis provides limited evidence to support that the existing trade connection between China and Latin America has positive and significant impact on financial development in Latin American countries. The
findings also reveal that trade openness plays an important and positive role in the financial development in Latin American economies. According to the conclusion of Huang and Temple (2005), there is also evidence that the economic development level of the Latin American countries does have a positive influence on their financial development since they are not high-income countries.
2012 conference on East Asia Finance-Crisis and Recovery of Financial Markets