Linkages between Financial Development, Financial Instability, Financial Liberalisation and Economic Growth in Africa

Research in International Business and Finance, 45(October), pp. 168-179, (October 2018).

29 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2017 Last revised: 20 May 2018

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Micheal Batuo

University of Westminster

Kupukile Mlambo

World Bank - African Development Bank

Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: January 1, 2017

Abstract

In the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis, the implications of financial liberalisation for stability and economic growth has come under increased scrutiny. One strand of literature posits a positive relationship between financial liberalisation and economic growth and development. However, others emphasise the link between financial liberalisation is intrinsically associated with financial instability which may be harmful to economic growth and development. This study assesses linkages between financial instability, financial liberalisation, financial development and economic growth in 41 African countries for the period 1985-2010. The results suggest that financial development and financial liberalisation have positive effects on financial instability. The findings also reveal that economic growth reduces financial instability and the magnitude of reduction is higher in the pre-liberalisation period compared to post-liberalisation period.

Keywords: Economic Growth, Financial Development, Financial instability and Africa

JEL Classification: O16, O47, G23, O55

Suggested Citation

Batuo, Micheal and Mlambo, Kupukile and Asongu, Simplice, Linkages between Financial Development, Financial Instability, Financial Liberalisation and Economic Growth in Africa (January 1, 2017). Research in International Business and Finance, 45(October), pp. 168-179, (October 2018).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2999511

Micheal Batuo

University of Westminster ( email )

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Kupukile Mlambo

World Bank - African Development Bank ( email )

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Tunis-Belvedère
Tunisia

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

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