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Economic Growth and Financial System

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  • Héctor Gustavo González Padilla

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    (Central Bank of Argentina)

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This document provides empirical evidence about the role of the financial system on the growth of developing economies. In order to prove that relationship a panel data regression using a sample of 26 developing economies for the period 1961- 2005 is estimated. Instrumental variables methodology is used for econometric estimations. A positive relationship between financial development and economic growth was found. The estimates suggest that the financial system contributes to increase economic growth by improving investment allocation. Therefore, a properly functioning financial system is a necessary but not a sufficient condition to promote growth in developing economies.

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Article provided by Central Bank of Argentina, Economic Research Department in its journal Ensayos Económicos.

Volume (Year): 1 (2012)
Issue (Month): 65-66 (September)
Pages: 61-74

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Handle: RePEc:bcr:ensayo:v:1:y:2012:i:65-66:p:61-74

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Keywords: economic development; economic growth; financial development; financial intermediation;

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