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Testing the Financial Stability of Banks in GCC Countries: Pre and Post Financial Crisis

Hatem Altaee (), Ibaa M. Anis Talo () and Ph.D Mustafa Hassan Mohammad Adam ()
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Ibaa M. Anis Talo: M.Sc. Financial Management, M.Sc. Islamic Banking, United Nations, Damascus – Syria
Ph.D Mustafa Hassan Mohammad Adam: Cihan University – Sulaimaniya, Kurdistan Region – Iraq

International Journal of Business and Social Research, 2013, vol. 3, issue 4, 93-105

Abstract: Stability of the banking system is underpinned through an effective bank monitoring mechanism since the sector is resilient to a range of single and combined shocks. Banks financial stability in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries was empirically assessed by using z-score as a dependent variable. A group of macro and microeconomic independent variables were selected to measure their effects on banks stability. All banks in this region that are considered Conventional or Islamic banks were selected. The targeted period was 2003-2010 to cover pre- and post- financial crisis. It was found that there is no evidence that there is a significant difference between the financial stability of Conventional and Islamic banks for the periods 2003-2010, 2003-2007, and 2008-2010. However, Conventional banks tend to be financially stronger than Islamic banks for the pre- financial crisis.

Keywords: Testing; Financial Stability; Banks; Financial Crisis; GCC Countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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