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Financial globalisation uncertainty/instability is good for financial development

Simplice Asongu (), Isaac Koomson and Vanessa Tchamyou ()

Research in International Business and Finance, 2017, vol. 41, issue C, 280-291

Abstract: This study assesses the effect of time-dynamic financial globalisation uncertainty on financial development in 53 African countries for the period 2000–2011. The empirical evidence is based on the Generalised Method of Moments with forward orthogonal deviations. The following findings are established. First, financial globalisation uncertainty does not significantly affect money supply, financial system deposits and financial size. Second, the uncertainty increases banking system efficiency, banking system activity and financial system activity. Moreover, the positive effects are consistently driven by above-median uncertainty levels. It follows that uncertainty in foreign capital flows may be a disguised advantage for domestic financial development, especially in dealing with the substantially documented issue of surplus liquidity in African financial institutions. Additionally, the sceptical view in the financial globalisation literature that ‘allocation efficiency’ is only plausible in the absence of uncertainty/instability is not substantiated by the findings. Justifications for the nexuses and policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: Banking; Financial integration; Development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F02 F21 F30 F40 O10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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