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Information, Institutions and Banking Sector Development in West Africa

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  • Panicos Demetriades

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  • David Fielding

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Using a new panel dataset for banks in eight West African countries, we explore the factors that exacerbate or alleviate excess liquidity, and the factors that promote or retard the rate of growth of banks’ assets. Loan default rates in the region are high, and variations in the rate impact on liquidity and asset growth. However, the size of this effect is very sensitive to bank age. Some types of improvement in the quality of governance reduce excess liquidity and promote asset growth. However, the impact of other types of improvement, particularly with regard to corruption, is ambiguous. We uncover evidence that provides an explanation for this ambiguity.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Leicester in its series Discussion Papers in Economics with number 09/4.

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Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Keywords: Africa; Banking; Default; Institutions; Liquidity;

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  1. Weill, Laurent, 2009. "Does corruption hamper bank lending? Macro and micro evidence," BOFIT Discussion Papers, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition 3/2009, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
  2. Hovhannes Toroyan & George C. Anayiotos, 2009. "Institutional Factors and Financial Sector Development," IMF Working Papers 09/258, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Ibrahim, Mansor H. & Law, Siong Hook, 2014. "Social capital and CO2 emission—output relations: A panel analysis," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 528-534.

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