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New empirical evidence on local financial development and growth

  • Andrea Vaona


  • Roberto Patuelli

In this paper, we show that the regional finance-growth nexus in Italy is robust to a series of innovations with respect to the existing literature on the topic. We use finer measures of economic and financial development, as well as instruments with a deeper economic content. We rely on state-of-the-art cross-sectional and panel estimation methods, and we offer a thorough investigation of the nonlinearities in the relation between finance and growth. Our results show that, while local financial development is a key factor for economic growth, in regions with inefficient courts more credit might translate into reduced growth due to opportunistic behaviour and the consequent misallocation of funds.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences.

Volume (Year): 1 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 147-157

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Handle: RePEc:spr:lsprsc:v:1:y:2008:i:2:p:147-157
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