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This paper augments a relatively standard dynamic general equilibrium model with financial frictions in order to quantify the macroeconomic effects of the credit deepening process observed in many Latin American (LA) countries in the last decade, most notably in Brazil. In the model, a stylized banking sector intermediates credit from patient households to impatient households and firms. The key novelty of the paper, motivated by the Brazilian experience, is to model the credit constraint faced by (impatient) households as a function of future labor income. In the calibrated model, credit deepening generates only modest abovetrend growth in consumption, investment, and GDP. Since Brazil has experienced one of the most intense credit deepening processes in Latin America, it is argued that the quantitative effects for other LA economies are unlikely to be sizeable.
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Financial liberalization has not lived up to expectations, at least as far as interest rate spreads are concerned. Over the past decade, many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have reformed their financial sectors and reaped major economic benefits as a result. However, the persistence of high interest rate spreads -the difference between the interest charged to borrowers and the rate p ... (View publication)
Bank credit is the main source of funding for firms and households in Latin America and the Caribbean Unfortunately, bank credit in the region is scarce, costly and extremely volatile. Given the importance of banking to growth and prosperity, the IDB focused its 2005 Economic and Social Progress Report on this sector. This latest edition of IDEA is based on that report, summarizing some of the maj ... (View publication)
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