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Business Sector Debt, Capital Markets Expansion and Liberalization in South Korea: Evidence from National Accounts Data


  • Domenica Tropeano

    (University of Macerata)


In this work the sources of investment financing in South Korea in the period 1970-1997 are calculated following the same method used by Colin Mayer and Jenny Corbett in their influential works. An anomaly of the Korean case is stressed. In the period before the financial crisis of 1997 the gross share of loans in investment finacning does not decrease while the net one instead does. The reason may be the accumulation of financial (bank and other institutions) assets on the assets side of the corporate sector. This in turn may be due to timing of the liberalization of interest rates in that country. Interest rates on banks liabilities were liberalized before interest rates on bank assets. As a consequence of this timing the latter increased to very high levels while the former stayed constant.

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  • Domenica Tropeano, 2001. "Business Sector Debt, Capital Markets Expansion and Liberalization in South Korea: Evidence from National Accounts Data," Working Papers 10-2001, Macerata University, Department of Finance and Economic Sciences, revised Oct 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcr:wpdief:wpaper00010

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    1. Mayer, Colin, 1988. "New issues in corporate finance," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 32(5), pages 1167-1183, June.
    2. Steven Radelet & Jeffrey D. Sachs, 1998. "The East Asian Financial Crisis: Diagnosis, Remedies, Prospects," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 29(1), pages 1-90.
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    Investment financing; Financial liberalization; Net proportions; National accounts;

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