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Finance and Economics Discussion Series logo links to FEDS home page Further Evidence on the Link between Finance and Growth: An International Analysis of Community Banking and Economic Performance
Allen N. Berger, Iftekhar Hasan, and Leora F. Klapper

Abstract: We try to contribute to both the finance-growth literature and the community banking literature by testing the effects of the relative health of community banks on economic growth, and investigating potential transmission mechanisms for these effects using data from 1993-2000 on 49 nations. Data from both developed and developing nations suggest that greater market shares and efficiency ranks of small, private, domestically-owned banks are associated with better economic performance, and that the marginal benefits of higher shares are greater when the banks are more efficient. Only mixed support is found for hypothesized transmission mechanisms through improved financing for SMEs or greater overall bank credit flows. Data from developing nations are also consistent with favorable economic effects of foreign-owned banks, but unfavorable effects from state-owned banks.

Keywords: Banks, community banking, SMEs, financial development, economic growth, international.

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