Tribalism and Financial Development
African Governance and Development Institute WP/15/018
18 Pages Posted: 31 May 2015
Date Written: May 30, 2015
We assess the correlations between tribalism and financial development in 123 countries using data averages from 2000-2010. The tribalism index is used to measure tribalism whereas financial development is measured from perspectives of financial intermediary and stock market developments. The long-term variable is stock market capitalisation while short-run indicators include: private and domestic credits. We find that tribalism is negatively correlated with financial development and the magnitude of negativity is higher for financial intermediary development relative to stock market development. The findings are particularly relevant to African and Middle Eastern countries where the scourge is most pronounced.
Keywords: Tribalism; Financial Development
JEL Classification: E62; H11; H20; G20; O43
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