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Financial stability and economic performance

  • Jérôme Creel


    (Ofce sciences-po,Escp Europe)

  • Paul Hubert


    (Ofce sciences-po)

  • Fabien Labondance


    (Ofce sciences-po)

This paper aims at establishing the link between economic performance, financial depth and financial stability in the European Union from 1998 to 2011. We use the standard framework both in terms of variables and econometric method of Beck and Levine (2004) to estimate these relationships. Our results suggest that the traditional result that financial depth positively influences economic performance (or components of aggregate dynamics like consumption, investment or disposable income) is not confirmed for European countries. Furthermore, we use different measures of financial instability (institutional index, microeconomic indicators, and our own statistical index derived from a Principal Component Analysis) and find that financial instability has a negative effect on economic growth.

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Paper provided by Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) in its series Documents de Travail de l'OFCE with number 2013-24.

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Date of creation: Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:fce:doctra:1324
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