Too Cold, Too Hot, or Just Right? Assessing Financial Sector Development Across the Globe
31 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2013
Date Written: March 2013
This paper introduces the concept of the financial possibility frontier as a constrained optimum level of financial development to gauge the relative performance of financial systems across the globe. This frontier takes into account structural country characteristics, institutional, and macroeconomic factors that impact financial system deepening. We operationalize this framework using a benchmarking exercise, which relates the difference between the actual level of financial development and the level predicted by structural characteristics, to an array of policy variables. We also show that an overshooting of the financial system significantly beyond levels predicted by its structural fundamentals is associated with credit booms and busts.
Keywords: Financial systems, Financial sector, Banks, Cross country analysis, Financial Development, Financial Sector Policies, Benchmarking, financial system, financial reform, stock market, financial services, stock market capitalization, banking, financial institutions, financial markets, macroeconomic stability, financial reforms, stock markets, stock market turnover, bank entry, financial economics, bond, financial instability, bonds, stock market development, financial cycles, financial sector development, banking sector, financial innovation, financial intermediaries, banking crises, bank deposits, financial intermediation, banking supervision, government bond, international capital, financial
JEL Classification: E44, E52, F60, G20, O16
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