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Does financial intermediation matter for macroeconomic performance?

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  • Pierre-Guillaume Méon
  • Laurent Weill

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This paper investigates whether financial intermediary development influences macroeconomic technical efficiency on a sample of 47 countries, both developed and developing, over 1980-1995. We do so by applying Battese and Coelli (1995)'s method at the aggregate level. It is found that financial intermediary development, except financial depth, is on average associated with more efficiency. However we find strong evidence that this relationship is conditional on the level of economic development. The lower the economic development the weaker is the impact of financial development on efficiency. That impact can even become negative in the poorest countries.
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  • Pierre-Guillaume Méon & Laurent Weill, "undated". "Does financial intermediation matter for macroeconomic performance?," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/8404, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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