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Political transition and bank performance: How important was the Arab Spring?

Saibal Ghosh

Journal of Comparative Economics, 2016, vol. 44, issue 2, 372-382

Abstract: Using data for 2000–2012, the article utilizes the natural experiment of the Arab Spring to examine its impact on the risk and returns of MENA banks. The analysis indicates that the Arab Spring lowered bank profitability by roughly 0.2% and raised bank risk by 0.4% points. As well, the evidence appears to suggest that there were no differential effect of the political conflict on the performance and stability of Islamic banks.

Keywords: Arab Spring; MENA; Banking; RoA; Z-score (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 D74 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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