Why Do Financial Systems Differ? History Matters

32 Pages Posted: 5 May 2005

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Cyril Monnet

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Erwan Quintin

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

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Date Written: February 2005

Abstract

We describe a dynamic model of financial intermediation in which fundamental characteristics of the economy imply a unique equilibrium path of bank and financial market lending. Yet we also show that economies whose fundamental characteristics have converged may continue to have very different financial structures. Because setting up financial markets is costly in our model, economies that emphasize financial market lending are more likely to continue doing so in the future, all else equal.

Keywords: Financial Systems, Financial Markets, Financial Institutions, Banks, Convergence

JEL Classification: L16, G10, G20, N20

Suggested Citation

Monnet, Cyril and Quintin, Erwan, Why Do Financial Systems Differ? History Matters (February 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=657861

Cyril Monnet (Contact Author)

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Erwan Quintin

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Dallas, TX 75265-5906
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