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Financial Development and Poverty Reduction Nexus: A Co-Integration and Causality Analysis in Selected Arabic Countries

Hicham Ayad ()

Academic Journal of Economic Studies, 2017, vol. 3, issue 2, 28-35

Abstract: This paper attempts the dynamic causal relationship between poverty reduction measured as consumption per capita and financial development measured as Kaopen and Milesi-Ferreti proxies, trade openness measured measured by the sum of total exports and total imports as a percentage of GDP at 2005 constant prices and economic growth as measured by GDP per capita for 14 selected Arabic countries within the panel co-integration techniques and TYDL Granger causality approach (1996), the results show that the poor people in Arabic countries (the selected countries) did not benefit from liberalization systems and economic growth for the period because both of finance-led poverty and trade-led poverty seem to be rejected. The study, therefore, recommends that policy makers should stop the financial braking and adopt new financial policies that allow reducing poverty rates.

Keywords: Poverty; financial development; growth; trade; TYDL (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 G21 I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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