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Is credit growth in central and eastern European countries excessive?

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  • Coudert, V.
  • Pouvelle, C.

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Annual credit growth rates of around 30% and 50% have been observed in some central, eastern and south-eastern European countries (the Baltic States, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania and Macedonia). Is this strong credit growth likely to result in a credit boom that would be detrimental to the economy? Or can it be explained by a catching-up process that is normal for countries with a low level of fi nancial intermediation at the time of their transition?.

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  • Coudert, V. & Pouvelle, C., 2008. "Is credit growth in central and eastern European countries excessive?," Quarterly selection of articles - Bulletin de la Banque de France, Banque de France, issue 13, pages 63-102, Autumn.
  • Handle: RePEc:bfr:quarte:2008:13:05
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    1. Lahura, Erick & Chang, Giancarlo & Salazar, Oscar, 2013. "Identificación de Episodios de Auge Crediticio: Una propuesta Metodológica con Fundamentos Económicos," Working Papers 2013-011, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú.

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    Keywords

    bank loans; convergence; catching-up.;

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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