Public Ownership of Banks and Economic Growth - The Role of Heterogeneity

43 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2010

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Tobias Körner

German Council of Economic Experts

Isabel Schnabel

University of Bonn - Institute for Financial Economics and Statistics; Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Date Written: December 2010

Abstract

In an influential paper, La Porta, Lopez-De-Silanes and Shleifer (2002) argued that public ownership of banks is associated with lower GDP growth. We show that this relationship does not hold for all countries, but depends on a country’s financial development and political institutions. Public ownership is harmful only if a country has low financial development and low institutional quality. The negative impact of public ownership on growth fades quickly as the financial and political system develops. In highly developed countries, we find no or even positive effects. Policy conclusions for individual countries are likely to be misleading if such heterogeneity is ignored.

Keywords: Economic growth, Financial development, Political institutions, Public banks, Quality of governance

JEL Classification: G18, G21, O16

Suggested Citation

Körner, Tobias and Schnabel, Isabel, Public Ownership of Banks and Economic Growth - The Role of Heterogeneity (December 2010). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP8138. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1718933

Tobias Körner (Contact Author)

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Isabel Schnabel

University of Bonn - Institute for Financial Economics and Statistics ( email )

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