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Finance for Growth: Does a Balanced Financial Structure Matter?

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  • Alicia Garcia-Herrero
  • Lucia Cuadro-Saez

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In this paper we explore empirically a long-standing question in the literature on finance for growth, namely whether the financial structure in terms of the size of the banking system relative to the capital markets matters for economic growth. We build upon the existing literature by constructing a new measure of the balancedness of the financial structure which is broader, as it includes the domestic bond market as well as external sources of financing. It is also bounded and more linear than existing ones. We find that a more balanced financial structure in terms of the size of banks relative to the capital markets is associated with higher economic growth. Such finding points to banks and capital markets being more of a complement than a substitute. This is in line with Greenspan s idea of one market serving as spare wheel of the other.

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Paper provided by BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department in its series Working Papers with number 0503.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bbv:wpaper:0503

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  1. Moayedi, Vafa & Aminfard, Matin, 2011. "The Impact of Policy Shocks on Financial Structure: Empirical Results from Japan," MPRA Paper 39185, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Vafa Moayedi & Matin Aminfard, 2012. "Iran's post-war financial system," International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 5(3), pages 264-281, August.

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