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Credit Contraction Causes and Effects: The Czech Republic


  • Mojmír Hampl

    (Czech National Bank and Economics University, Prague, Czech Republic)

  • Roman Matousek

    (Czech National Bank and Charles University's Institute of Economic Studies, Prague and Business School Karvina of Silesian University, Czech Republic)


Between 1997 and 1999, the Czech economy had undergone a fundamental shift in its lending practices. This particular development is most often referred to as a credit crunch. Nevertheless, owing to the unique nature of this credit phenomenon in the relatively short history of the Czech economy, defining and applying this term to Czech conditions has caused a number of complications. The paper deals the said issue.

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  • Mojmír Hampl & Roman Matousek, 2002. "Credit Contraction Causes and Effects: The Czech Republic," Zagreb International Review of Economics and Business, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, vol. 5(1), pages 45-68, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:zag:zirebs:v:5:y:2002:i:1:p:45-68

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    credit crunch; credit rationing; macroeconomic environment; Ponzi finance;

    JEL classification:

    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • P34 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Finance


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