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Minimum Investment Requirement, Financial Integration and Economic (In)stability:A Refinement to Matsuyama (2004)


  • Haiping Zhang

    () (Singapore Management University, School of Economics)


This note proposes a simple, more precise, necessary condition for symmetry breaking in Matsuyama (Financial Market Globalization, Symmetry-Breaking, and Endogenous Inequality of Nations, Econometrica, 2004 ), i.e., the positive interest rate response to income changes, which essentially arises from the assumptions of financial frictions and minimum investment size requirement of individual projects. This condition also holds under the more general settings. Thus, this note o ers an empirically testable hypothesis, i.e., Matsuyama's symmetry breaking is more likely, if the interest rate response to income changes is positive and sufficiently large.

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  • Haiping Zhang, 2013. "Minimum Investment Requirement, Financial Integration and Economic (In)stability:A Refinement to Matsuyama (2004)," Working Papers 09-2013, Singapore Management University, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:siu:wpaper:09-2013

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    financial frictions; financial market globalization; minimum investment size requirement; symmetry breaking;

    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics


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