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Assessing the Impact of Nonperforming Loans on Economic Growth in The Bahamas


  • Alwyn Jordan

    (Central Bank of The Bahamas)

  • Carisma Tucker

    (Central Bank of The Bahamas)


This paper examines the extent to which economic output and other variables affect nonperforming loans in The Bahamas utilizing a vector error correction (vec) model. It also seeks to determine if there is a feedback response from nonperforming loans to economic growth. Data utilized in the study spanned the period September 2002 to December 2011. The main findings reveal that growth in economic activity tends to lead to a reduction in nonperforming loans, and there is additionally a small but significant feedback effect from nonperforming loans to output.

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  • Alwyn Jordan & Carisma Tucker, 2013. "Assessing the Impact of Nonperforming Loans on Economic Growth in The Bahamas," Monetaria, Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos, vol. 0(2), pages 371-400, July-Dece.
  • Handle: RePEc:cml:moneta:v:i:y:2013:i:2:p:371-400

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    nonperforming loans; Chow-Lin procedure; impulse-response functions;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages


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