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A Second Look at Credit Crunch: The Philippine Case

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  • Lamberte, Mario B.

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This paper tries to verify empirically the claim that there has been a credit crunch in the Philippines since the onset of the Asian financial crisis in July 1997. The results of the analysis using both macro and micro level data do not support such claim. Instead, the results tend to show that the current slowdown in bank loans is merely a reflection of the economic downturn. The paper recommends that policymakers focus their attention on raising aggregate demand using both monetary and fiscal policies.

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  • Lamberte, Mario B., 1999. "A Second Look at Credit Crunch: The Philippine Case," Discussion Papers DP 1999-23, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_1999-23
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    1. Wei Ding & Domac, Ilker & Ferri, Giovanni, 1998. "Is there a credit crunch in East Asia?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1959, The World Bank.
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    6. Lamberte, Mario B. & Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C. & Cororaton, Caesar B. & Guerrero, Margarita F., 1999. "Impacts of the Southeast Asian Financial Crisis on the Philippine Manufacturing Sector," Discussion Papers DP 1999-09, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
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    1. International Monetary Fund, 2007. "Philippines; Selected Issues," IMF Staff Country Reports 07/131, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Lamberte, Mario B., 2001. "The Philippine Payment System: Efficiency and Implications for the Conduct of Monetary Policy," Discussion Papers DP 2001-20, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
    3. Lamberte, Mario B., 2000. "The Philippines: Challenges for Sustaining the Economic Recovery," Discussion Papers DP 2000-02, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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