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Industrial Diversification, Financial Development and Productive Investments

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  • Alfredo Schclarek

    (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba)

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This paper analyzes, from a theoretical perspective, the role of the financial system to promote growth and macroeconomic stability. It also endogenously explains the performance of the financial systems as a consequence of industrial (or sectoral) diversification. In the model, the productive sector carries out R&D activities and finances its activities through the financial system. While vertical innovation fosters economic growth, horizontal innovation creates new industrial sectors and therefore generates an increase of industrial diversification. A larger industrial diversification deepens the financial system because it improves its possibilities of financing the productive sector. A more diversified economy (better financially developed as a result) will have higher growth rates and will be less volatile. There is a role for the government to subsidize innovation, especially horizontal innovation.

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Paper provided by Central Bank of Argentina, Economic Research Department in its series BCRA Working Paper Series with number 200726.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:bcr:wpaper:200726

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Keywords: economic growth; financial development; imperfect information; industrial diversification; horizontal innovation; vertical innovation;

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