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New empirical evidence on local financial development and growth

  • Andrea Vaona


    (Facoltà di Economia, Università di Lugano, Svizzera; Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel, Germany; University of Verona, Department of Economic Sciences, Verona, Italy)

  • Roberto Patuelli


    (Facoltà di Economia, Università di Lugano, Svizzera)

In this paper, we show that the regional finance-growth nexus in Italy is robust to a series of innovations with respect to the existing literature on the topic. We use finer measures of economic and financial development, as well as instruments with a deeper economic content. We rely on state-of-the-art cross-sectional and panel estimation methods, and we offer a thorough investigation of the nonlinearities in the relation between finance and growth. Our results show that, while local financial development is a key factor for economic growth, in regions with inefficient courts more credit might translate into reduced growth due to opportunistic behaviour and the consequent misallocation of funds.

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Paper provided by USI Università della Svizzera italiana in its series Quaderni della facoltà di Scienze economiche dell'Università di Lugano with number 0805.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: 13 May 2008
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Handle: RePEc:lug:wpaper:0805
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