Quantifying the Impact of Financial Development on Economic Development
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Working Paper Series No. 2010-023C
50 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2010 Last revised: 16 Jun 2012
Date Written: November 15, 2010
How important is financial development for economic development? A costly state verification model of financial intermediation is presented to address this question. The model is calibrated to match facts about the U.S. economy, such as the intermediation spreads and the firm-size distributions for 1974 and 2004. It is then used to study the international data using cross-country interest-rate spreads and per-capita GDPs. The analysis suggests a country like Uganda could increase its output by 116 percent if it could adopt the world’s best practice in the financial sector. Still, this amounts to only 29 percent of the gap between Uganda’s potential and actual output.
Keywords: costly state verification, economic development, financial intermediation, firm-size distribution, interest-rate spreads, cross-country output differences, cross-country TFP differences
JEL Classification: E13, O11, O16
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