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Intermediation for Development: A New Index with a New Prospect

Ali Massoud

Applied Economics and Finance, 2015, vol. 2, issue 3, 85-91

Abstract: This paper presents a construction of a new index that measures the role of banks in supporting pro-development activities and poverty alleviation. The index is called ¡°Intermediation for Development Index (IFDI)¡±. It consists of four sub-indices (dimensional indices). The first sub-index is the Size Index (SI). It measures the size of a bank by its total assets and total deposits. The second sub-index is the Financial Intermediation Index (FII). It measures the function of a bank as a financial intermediary. The third sub-index is the Financial Orientation Index (FOI). It measures to what extent a bank is oriented to corporate vs. retail finance. The fourth sub-index is the Regional Orientation Index (ROI). It measures to what extent a bank is oriented to provide finance to the poorest region in the country.

Keywords: financial intermediation; intermediation of development index; banks; and financial intermediaries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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