Public debt and financial development
AbstractWe examine the role of public debt in financial development. The literature has highlighted its supportive role through providing collateral and benchmark. We contrast this "safe asset" view to a "lazy banks" view: developing banking sectors that lend mainly to the public sector may develop more slowly, because it could make banks profitable but inefficient. Results from country-level and bank-level regressions are more supportive of the "lazy banks" view, but the "safe asset" view seems to play a role at moderate levels of public debt held by banks. There is also evidence of a harmful interaction between public debt and financial repression.
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