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

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Jeremy Greenwood

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Juan M. Sánchez

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Cheng Wang

University of Iowa

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Date Written: November 15, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Greenwood, Jeremy and Sanchez, Juan M. and Wang, Cheng, Quantifying the Impact of Financial Development on Economic Development (November 15, 2010). Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Working Paper Series No. 2010-023C. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1709630 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1709630

Jeremy Greenwood

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Cheng Wang

University of Iowa ( email )

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