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Does financial development reduce the size of the informal economy in Sub-Saharan African countries?

Henri Njangang

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper contributes to the understanding of the other neglected effects of financial development by investigating the relationship between financial development and the size of the informal economy using an unbalanced panel data of 41 Sub Saharan African countries over the period 1991-2015. Empirical evidence is based on Ordinary Least Squared, Fixed effects and system Generalized Method of moment. The results show that financial development measured by broad money and domestic credit to private sector have a negative and statistically significant effect on the informal economy. This clearly suggests that financial development reduces the size of the informal economy.

Keywords: Financial development; the informal economy; panel data; SSA (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G20 O17 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-dev, nep-fdg and nep-iue
Date: 2018-11-04
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