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How Islamic are Islamic banks? A non-linear assessment of Islamic rate – conventional rate relations

Raditya Sukmana and Mansor Ibrahim ()

Economic Modelling, 2017, vol. 64, issue C, 443-448

Abstract: In this paper, we perform a non-linear assessment of Islamic rate – conventional rate relations for the case of Malaysia. Using monthly data covering the period January 1999 to November 2016, we find strong evidence supporting non-linear reactions of the Islamic investment rates to conventional rates in the long run and/or short-run for all matched maturities. More precisely, the Islamic investment rates exhibit faster upward movement (slower downward movement) in responses to conventional deposit rate increases (decreases). The asymmetric pricing behaviour of Islamic banks however tends to weaken as maturity lengthens. Accordingly, we infer that Islamic banks do not rigidly peg their investment deposit rates to conventional deposit rates as some have claimed in questioning the Islamicity of Islamic banks.

Keywords: Islamic banks; Islamic investment rates; Deposit rates; Nonlinear ARDL (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E43 E52 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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