Credit Constraints, Political Instability, and Capital Accumulation

Author/Editor:

Risto Herrala ; Rima Turk Ariss

Publication Date:

December 16, 2013

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Summary:

We investigate the complex interactions between credit constraints, political instability, and capital accumulation using a novel approach based on Kiyotaki and Moore’s (1997) theoretical framework. Drawing on a unique firm-level data set from Middle-East and North Africa (MENA), empirical findings point to a large and significant effect of credit conditions on capital accumulation and suggest that continued political unrest worsens credit constraints. The results support the view that financial development measured by a relaxing of financial constraints is key to macroeconomic development.

Series:

Working Paper No. 13/246

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 16, 2013

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484303085/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2013246

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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