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Credit Booms in Emerging Market Economies: A Recipe for Banking Crises?

  • Daniel Ottens
  • Edwin Lambregts
  • Steven Poelhekke

This paper investigates whether credit booms are an important warning signal for banking crises in Asian and Latin American emerging market economies. Based on a signalling leading indicator model, the results suggest that credit booms are indeed a prelude for banking crises, especially in Latin America. To minimise a policymaker's loss- function, it is optimal to take precautionary actions in the event credit growth rises substantially above its trend.

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department in its series DNB Working Papers with number 046.

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Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:dnb:dnbwpp:046
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