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Credit booms and macrofinancial stability

Giovanni Dell’Ariccia, Deniz Igan, Luc Laeven () and Hui Tong ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Giovanni Dell'ariccia ()

Economic Policy, 2016, vol. 31, issue 86, 299-355

Abstract: This paper explores several questions about credit booms and busts: When do credit booms occur? When do they end up in busts, and when do they not? What are the implications for different policies if curbing credit growth and/or mitigating the associated risks is an objective? We find that credit booms are often associated with financial reform and economic growth. They also tend to be more frequent in fixed exchange rate regimes. Only one in three credit boom episodes are followed by a financial crisis. These booms tend to be larger and last longer. Macroprudential tools have at times proven effective in containing booms, and more often in limiting the consequences of busts, due to the buffers they helped to build.

Date: 2016
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