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Impact of Islamic banking development and major macroeconomic variables on economic growth for Islamic countries: Evidence from panel smooth transition models

Walid Mensi, Shawkat Hammoudeh, Aviral Tiwari () and Khamis Hamed Al-Yahyaee

Economic Systems, 2020, vol. 44, issue 1

Abstract: This study examines the nonlinear relationship between Islamic banking development, major macroeconomic variables and economic growth in Islamic countries. Using the panel smooth transition model, the results show a positive nonlinear relationship between Islamic banking development and economic growth. Moreover, the relationship between the macroeconomic variables and economic growth is asymmetric and regime-dependent. Further, by using the dynamic panel quantile model, we show that for many cases the Islamic banking variables lead economic growth across the quantiles. More specifically, foreign direct investment, oil production and inflation have a positive impact on economic growth during the normal financial development state, while government consumption, one-lag economic growth, terms of trade and financial development have a negative impact on economic growth for this state. The human capital index, education and the rule of law have an insignificant impact, regardless of the prevailing regime. The results for the separated oil-importing and oil-exporting economies are generally consistent with the combined sample regarding the Islamic banking development variables. As for the macro variables, they have a positive and significant (insignificant) effect on EG for the oil-importing (oil-exporting) economies for almost all models.

Keywords: Islamic banks; Economic growth; Macroeconomic factors; Panel smooth transition models; Dynamic panel quantile model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C58 F65 G12 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ecosys.2019.100739

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