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The Credit Boom In The EU New Member States: Bad Luck Or Bad Policies?

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In the past decade, most of the EU New Member States experienced a severe credit-boom bust cycle. This paper argues that the credit boom-bust cycle was to a large extent the result of factors external to the region ("bad luck"). Rapid credit growth followed from a high liquidity in global markets and the particular attractiveness of "new Europe" for capital flows, while the end of the credit cycle was brought about by a global crisis.

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