Credit Constraints, Political Instability, and Capital Accumulation
27 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2014
Date Written: December 2013
We investigate the complex interactions between credit constraints, political instability, and capital accumulation using a novel approach based on Kiyotaki and Moore’s (1997) theoretical framework. Drawing on a unique firm-level data set from Middle-East and North Africa (MENA), empirical findings point to a large and significant effect of credit conditions on capital accumulation and suggest that continued political unrest worsens credit constraints. The results support the view that financial development measured by a relaxing of financial constraints is key to macroeconomic development.
Keywords: Credit ceilings, Middle East, North Africa, Transition economies, Capital accumulation, credit constraints, political unrest, MENA countries, equity capital, real interest rate, equity ratio, capital goods, domestic credit, inflation rate, capital market, capital stock, capital markets, capital market imperfections, moral hazard, capital budgeting, domestic equity
JEL Classification: G31, E20, O16, P48
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