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Economic Growth and Financial System

  • Héctor Gustavo González Padilla


    (Central Bank of Argentina)

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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