Creditor Protection and Financial Cycles

24 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2011

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Arturo José Galindo

Inter-American Development Bank

Alejandro Micco

University of Chile

Date Written: April 2001


We develop a model in which the elasticity of credit to exogenous shocks depends on creditor rights regulations. We show that an increase in creditor protection reduces the elasticity of credit supply to exogenous shocks, and hence the amplitude of the credit cycle. Using an extended set of a measure of creditor rights protection in the spirit of La Porta et al. (1998), we find that stricter creditor rights regulations not only increase the breadth of the credit market but also reduce the volatility of the credit cycle.

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Galindo, Arturo José and Micco, Alejandro, Creditor Protection and Financial Cycles (April 2001). IDB Working Paper No. 372, Available at SSRN: or

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Alejandro Micco

University of Chile ( email )

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Santiago, R. Metropolitana 7520421

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