Can Italy Grow Out of Its NPL Overhang? A Panel Threshold Analysis

Kamiar Mohaddes, M Raissi & A Weber
This paper examines whether a tipping point exists for real GDP growth in Italy above which the ratio of non-performing loans (NPLs) to total loans falls significantly. Estimating a heterogeneous dynamic panel–threshold model with data on 17 Italian regions over the period 1997–2014, we find that growth above 1.2%, if sustained for a number of years, is associated with a significant decline in the NPL ratio.

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