Relative Price Stability, Creditor Rights, and Financial Deepening

Author/Editor:

Pablo F Druck ; Alexander Plekhanov ; Mario Dehesa

Publication Date:

June 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper provides a theoretical and cross-country empirical analysis of the determinants of financial deepening, and finds that higher credit-to-GDP ratios are associated with stronger creditor rights and lower inflation, and that the marginal effect of improvements in creditor rights protection is declining as the rate of inflation increases. The analysis suggests that in a high inflation environment, controlling inflation and reducing macroeconomic volatility should be given priority. Once these goals are achieved, the focus of attention should shift to creditor rights protection and credit information management.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/139

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451867039/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007139

Format:

Paper

Pages:

21

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