Room 5005, Department of Finance Lee Shau Kee Bus
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Institutional Affiliation: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|January 2015||Distinguishing Constraints on Financial Inclusion and Their Impact on GDP, TFP, and the Distribution of Income|
with Era Dabla-Norris, Robert M. Townsend, D. Filiz Unsal: w20821
We develop a tractable general equilibrium model with heterogeneous agents and multiple sources of financial frictions to study how different constraints interact in equilibrium. We highlight, distinguish, and quantitatively evaluate their differential impacts, thereby uncovering the rich interactions among these constraints. The impact of financial inclusion in an economy depends not only on which constraint is alleviated, but also on the tightness of other constraints. Policy instruments should target the most binding constraint, which likely varies across countries. Moreover, there are important between financial inclusion, GDP, and the distribution of income. The transitional dynamics also differ from what happens in steady states. Policy makers should be concerned about both.