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Inflation and Financial Depth

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  • Mr. Bruce D. Smith
  • Mr. Mohsin S. Khan
  • Mr. Abdelhak S Senhadji

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There is now a substantial theoretical literature arguing that inflation impedes financial deepening. Furthermore, it has been hypothesized that the relationship is a nonlinear one, in that there is a threshold level of inflation below which inflation has a positive effect on financial depth, but above which the effect turns negative. Using a large cross-country sample, empirical support is found for the existence of such a threshold. The estimates indicate that the threshold level of inflation is generally between 3 and 6 percent a year, depending on the specific measure of financial depth that is used.

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  • Mr. Bruce D. Smith & Mr. Mohsin S. Khan & Mr. Abdelhak S Senhadji, 2001. "Inflation and Financial Depth," IMF Working Papers 2001/044, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:2001/044
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