EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Nonlinearities in financial development–economic growth nexus: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa

Muazu Ibrahim and Paul Alagidede

Research in International Business and Finance, 2018, vol. 46, issue C, 95-104

Abstract: The impact of financial development on economic growth has received much attention in recent literature. However, there are potential discontinuities mediating finance–growth nexus that existing empirical studies have not rigorously examined. This study investigates whether the impact of finance on economic growth is conditioned on the initial levels of countries’ income per capita, human capital and financial development for 29 sub-Saharan Africa countries over the period 1980–2014 using a sample splitting and threshold estimation technique. Our findings suggest that, while financial development is positively and significantly associated with economic growth, below a certain estimated threshold, finance is largely insensitive to growth while significantly influencing economic activity for countries above the thresholds. The main conclusion drawn is that higher level of finance is a necessary condition in long run growth and so are the overall level of income and human capital.

Keywords: Financial development; Economic growth; Threshold (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F4 F31 F32 C1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027553191730630X
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:riibaf:v:46:y:2018:i:c:p:95-104

Access Statistics for this article

Research in International Business and Finance is currently edited by T. Lagoarde Segot

More articles in Research in International Business and Finance from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

 
Page updated 2019-04-15
Handle: RePEc:eee:riibaf:v:46:y:2018:i:c:p:95-104