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“Ideal” financial development and financial overaccumulation


  • Hsu, Sara
  • Li, Jianjun


In this paper, we examine whether there is an “ideal” level of financial development, somewhere between financial capital overaccumulation and financial capital underaccumulation. We construct indexes of non-bank or speculative financial development, financial (bank) deepening, and production. We find that financial deepening does support what we dub the “speculative spread,” that is, the difference between non-bank or speculative finance and real production. As financial deepening grows, the speculative spread may grow in step. Where the speculative spread exceeds deepening, financial instability may occur. Hence financial deepening may promote or constrain economic development.

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  • Hsu, Sara & Li, Jianjun, 2012. "“Ideal” financial development and financial overaccumulation," MPRA Paper 38035, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38035

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    1. Hsu, Sara, 2012. "The US financial system, the great recession, and the “speculative spread”," MPRA Paper 38478, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    financial deepening; economic growth; profit rate; overaccumulation;

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    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • C60 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - General

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