Journal Article

New Empirical Evidence on Local Financial Development and Growth


  • Roberto Patuelli
  • Andrea Vaona
Publication Date

In this paper, we show that the regional finance-growth nexus in Italy is robust to a series of innovations with respect to the existing literature on the topic. We use finer measures of economic and financial development, as well as instruments with a deeper economic content. We rely on state-of-the-art cross-sectional and panel estimation methods, and we offer a thorough investigation of the nonlinearities in the relation between finance and growth. Our results show that, while local financial development is a key factor for economic growth, in regions with inefficient courts more credit might translate into reduced growth due to opportunistic behaviour and the consequent misallocation of funds.


JEL Classification
O18, O16, C31

Key Words

  • Cross-section analysis
  • finance
  • Growth
  • Italien
  • Italy
  • Panel data analysis
  • regions
  • Wachstum