Regional evidence on financial development, finance term structure and growth

  • Andrea VaonaEmail author
Part of the Studies in Empirical Economics book series (STUDEMP)

The finance-growth nexus is a classic source of debate among economists. This paper offers regional evidence on this issue in order to determine whether it can fit the data on a 147-year-old economic union,Italy. By means of this approach the pooling of developed and developing countries in the same sample can be avoided. Both cross-sectional and panel data estimates appear to show that more finance generates more growth. Endogeneity does not bias the results to a significant extent, and the finance-growth nexus is robust to spatial unobserved heterogeneity. Spatial correlation in the residuals is rejected by the data. Economic growth appears to be favoured more by short-term than by long-term credit.


Finance-growth nexus Regions Finance term structure Cross-section analysis Panel data analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and Quantitative MethodsUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

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