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Commercial and banking credit network in Uruguay


  • Barón, Andrea
  • Landaberry, María Victoria
  • Lluberas, Rodrigo
  • Ponce, Jorge


We build a commercial credit network, identify the most central economic sectors in terms of commercial debt, and provide a more complete idea of total indebtedness and financial interlinks between firms and banks in Uruguay. “Commerce,” “manufacturing,” and “transportation, storage, and communication” are the most central sectors in the commercial credit network. In a stress testing exercise, “transportation, storage, and communication” and “hotels and restaurants” are deeply affected in all cases. These sectors are the most exposed in terms of contagion. “Commerce” and “manufacturing” are central and have the highest level of indebtedness, but they have a large amount of liquid assets, which allows them to overcome shocks from other sectors. The results highlight the importance of having a good estimation of commercial credit interlinks for financial stability analysis.

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  • Barón, Andrea & Landaberry, María Victoria & Lluberas, Rodrigo & Ponce, Jorge, 2021. "Commercial and banking credit network in Uruguay," Latin American Journal of Central Banking (previously Monetaria), Elsevier, vol. 2(3).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:lajcba:v:2:y:2021:i:3:s2666143821000144
    DOI: 10.1016/j.latcb.2021.100034

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    Commercial credit network; Financial interlinks; Financial contagion; Financial stability;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • G17 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Financial Forecasting and Simulation
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation
    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation


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