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Financial Developent and Economic Growth Nexus: Time Series Evidence from Middle Eastern and North African Countries

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  • Suleiman Abu-Bader

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    (Department of Economics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

  • Aamer Abu-Qarn

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    (Department of Economics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

Abstract

This paper examines the causal relationship between financial development and economic growth in five Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries for different periods ranging from 1960 to 2004, within a trivariate vector autoregressive (VAR) framework. We employ four different measures of financial development and apply Granger causality tests using the cointegration and vector error-correction (VEC) methodology. Our empirical results show weak support for a long-run relationship between financial development and economic growth, and for the hypothesis that finance leads growth. In cases where cointegration was detected, Granger causality was either bidirectional or it ran from output to financial development.

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Paper provided by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 223.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Publication status: Published in Review of Development Economics as: Abu-Bader, S. and Abu-Qarn, A. S. (2008) “Financial Development and Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from Six MENA Countries,” Review of Development Economics, 12(4), pages 803–817.
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Keywords: Financial development; Economic growth; MENA; Granger causality; Error-correction models; Cointegration;

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