An Anatomy of Credit Booms: Evidence from Macro Aggregates and Micro Data
52 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2008
Date Written: September 2008
We study the characteristics of credit booms in emerging and industrial economies. Macro data show a systematic relationship between credit booms and economic expansions, rising asset prices, real appreciations and widening external deficits. Micro data show a strong association between credit booms and leverage ratios, firm values, and banking fragility. We also find that credit booms are larger in emerging economies, particularly in the nontradables sector; most emerging markets crises are associated with credit booms; and credit booms in emerging economies are often preceded by large capital inflows but not by financial reforms or productivity gains.
Keywords: Credit expansion, Business cycles, Emerging markets, Asset prices, Current account deficits, Productivity
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation