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Public debt and financial development

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We examine the role of public debt in financial development. The literature has highlighted its supportive role through providing collateral and benchmark. We contrast this "safe asset" view to a "lazy banks" view: developing banking sectors that lend mainly to the public sector may develop more slowly, because it could make banks profitable but inefficient. Results from country-level and bank-level regressions are more supportive of the "lazy banks" view, but the "safe asset" view seems to play a role at moderate levels of public debt held by banks. There is also evidence of a harmful interaction between public debt and financial repression.

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  • Hauner, David, 2009. "Public debt and financial development," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 88(1), pages 171-183, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:88:y:2009:i:1:p:171-183
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    Keywords

    G21 H6 Public debt Financial development Bank efficiency Bank profitability;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • H6 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt

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