The Importance of Banking in Gulf Cooperating Economies

University of Wollongong in Dubai Working Paper No. 2/2004

16 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2004

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John L. Simpson

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

John P. Evans

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

Date Written: March 2004

Abstract

Gulf Cooperating Countries (GCC) are in the process of strengthening and expanding financial markets in relation to listing, regulatory, trading and settlement procedures. Along with the opening up of markets to international investment, innovations that should enhance overseas investor interest include the development of meaningful GCC share returns and banking share returns indices. It is clear from almost four years of daily data, that unlagged GCC banking returns and GCC stock market returns are significantly and positively related. Over the longer term, they are also significantly cointegrated. The GCC banking industry is a major component of the GCC share market. Causality tests demonstrate that dual causality exists but stronger causality runs positively from GCC banking returns to GCC stock market returns. GCC banking stock returns are exogenous. The evidence supports the notion that, because of such interdependence it is vital for the economic health of the GCC, that their banking systems remain financially sound. However in order to relieve the mounting pressure on bank debt as oil revenues and repatriated funds dwindle, it is important that the stock markets be opened in due course to outside or non Arab international equity investment.

Keywords: GCC, banking, stock market returns, cointegration, causality

JEL Classification: G29

Suggested Citation

Simpson, John L. and Evans, John Philip, The Importance of Banking in Gulf Cooperating Economies (March 2004). University of Wollongong in Dubai Working Paper No. 2/2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=578742 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.578742

John L. Simpson (Contact Author)

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John Philip Evans

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

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