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Financial Intermediation and Economic Growth


  • Bogdan DIMA

    (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, West University of Timisoara, Romania)

  • Petru-Eugen OPRIȘ

    (UniCredit Tiriac Bank, Romania)


The paper evaluates the relationship between financial intermediation and the economic growth in the developing economic systems. First, using dataset from 28 countries,between 2001 and 2010 we define a financial intermediation indicator applying EFA method. We use several dimensions of the financial intermediation: Domestic credit provided by banking sector (% of GDP); Domestic credit to private sector (% of GDP); Broad money (% of GDP); Market capitalization of listed companies (% of GDP). As a preliminary step, using Spearman rank-order co-variance analysis we test the correlation between variables and the result confirms in general a high correlation degree between the indicators. Secondly, we compare this financial intermediation indicator with some dimension of economic growth using three different methods, OLS (Ordinary Less Square), GLM (Generalized Linear Model) and QR (Quantile Regression), in order to check the robustness of the model. The result suggests that the financial intermediation as part of financial development is positively associated with economic growth.

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  • Bogdan DIMA & Petru-Eugen OPRIȘ, 2013. "Financial Intermediation and Economic Growth," Timisoara Journal of Economics and Business, West University of Timisoara, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 6(20), pages 127-136.
  • Handle: RePEc:wun:timjeb:tjeb:v06:y2013:i20:a02

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    Financial intermediation; Economic growth; Financial development.;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance


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