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What is new in the finance-growth nexus: OTC derivatives, bank assets and growth

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  • Leonardo Becchetti

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    (Department of Economics, Universitˆ Tor Vergata)

  • Nicola Ciampoli

    (Department of Economics, Universitˆ Tor Vergata)

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We investigate the finance-growth nexus before and around the global financial crisis using for the first time OTC derivative data in growth estimates. Beyond the most recent Wacthel and Rousseau (2010) evidence which documents the interruption of the positive finance-growth relationship after 1989, we show that bank assets contribute indeed negatively, while OTC derivative positively or insignificantly with a much smaller effect in magnitude. At the same time the impact of the crisis is captured by a very strong negative effect of year dummies around the event. Our findings and their discussion aim to provide insights for policy measures aimed at tackling the crisis, disentangling positive from negative effects of derivatives and bank activity on the real economy and restoring the traditional positive link between finance and growth.

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Paper provided by Econometica in its series Econometica Working Papers with number wp40.

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Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Keywords: finance and growth; OTC derivatives; banking; global financial crisis;

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  1. Bencivenga, Valerie R & Smith, Bruce D, 1991. "Financial Intermediation and Endogenous Growth," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 58(2), pages 195-209, April.
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  1. Pasali, Selahattin Selsah, 2013. "Where is the cheese ? synthesizing a giant literature on causes and consequences of financial sector development," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6655, The World Bank.

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