218 - Credit and economic recovery

DNB Working Papers
Date 28 July 2009

It has become almost a stylized fact that after financial crises, economic activity recovers without a rebound in credit. We investigate the relationship between credit and economic activity over the business cycle. In a simple model we show that a rebound in the flow of credit has closer relationship with economic recovery than a rebound in the stock of credit. Using data from developed and emerging market countries we find that the flow of credit has a higher correlation with GDP than the stock of credit, in particular during recovery periods from financial crises. b