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Informal Sector and Economic Growth: The Supply of Credit Channel

  • Baptiste Massenot
  • Stéphane Straub

A standard view holds that removing barriers to entry and improving judicial enforcement would reduce informality and boost investment and growth. We show, however, that this conclusion may not hold in countries with a concentrated banking sector or with low financial openness. When the formal sector becomes larger in those countries, more entrepreneurs become creditworthy and the higher pressure in the credit market increases the interest rate. This reduces future capital accumulation. We show some empirical evidence consistent with these predictions.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 12.03.

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Length: 20 pp. + figures and tables
Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:12.03
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