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Local liquidity constraints: What place for central bank regional policy? The French experience during the Belle Époque (1880–1913)

Guillaume Bazot

Explorations in Economic History, 2014, vol. 52, issue C, 44-62

Abstract: This paper examines whether improved geographical access to the central bank contributed to local credit development in France during the Belle Époque (1880–1913). I use a new data set of credit by administrative area (département) in order to test the effect of the Bank of France network of branches on an indicator of local “credit development”. The results suggest that, despite potential market frictions created by the Bank of France, the positive effects of the network of its branches outweighed the negative ones.

Keywords: Central bank branches; Liquidity constraints; Credit development; Banking policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E51 E58 G21 N13 N23 O16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1016/j.eeh.2013.10.001

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