China’s market economy, shadow banking and the frequency of growth slowdown

Vo Phuong Mai Le, Kent Matthews, David Meenagh, Patrick Minford, Zhiguo Xiao

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The activity of the Shadow Banks in China has been the subject of considerable interest in recent years. Total shadow banking lending has reached over 60% of GDP and has grown faster than regular bank lending. It has been argued that unregulated shadow banking has fuelled a credit boom that poses a risk to the stability of the financial system. This paper estimates a model of the Chinese economy using a DSGE framework that accommodates a banking sector that isolates the effects of lending to the private sector including shadow bank lending. A refinement of the model allows for bank lending including lending by the shadow banks to affect the credit premium on private investment. The main finding is that while financial shocks are significant, it is real shocks that dominate. The model is used to simulate the frequency of growth slowdowns in China and concludes that these are more likely to be driven by real sector shocks rather than financial sector, including shadow bank shocks. This paper differs from other applications in its use of indirect inference to test the fitted model against a three-equation VAR of inflation, output gap and interest rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-444
Number of pages25
JournalManchester School
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • China
  • DSGE model
  • crises
  • indirect inference
  • shadow banking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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