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Economic uncertainty and credit crunch - Evidence from an emerging market

Using both univariate and multivariate analyses, this paper attempts to determine whether a credit crunch occurred in the Turkish economy during the 1990s. It also addresses the question of whether this credit crunch was a supply-side- or a demand-side-originated phenomenon. Economic uncertainty is proxied by unanticipated inflation. The analyses are carried out by controlling for political uncertainty as well. The results indicate that economic uncertainty has a significantly negative impact on the supply of and the demand for loans. Also, there is evidence that a supply-side-originated credit crunch occurred in the Turkish economy.