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Determinants of Banking Sector Profitability in Zimbabwe

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  • Sanderson Abel

    (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa)

  • Pierre Le Roux

    (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.)

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The study sought to establish the determinants of banking sector profitability in Zimbabwe during the period 2009-2014. The study specifically looked at the evolution and determinants of banking sector profitability after Zimbabwe adopted a multicurrency system. Employing the fixed effects panel regression models the study shows that banking sector profitability in Zimbabwe is driven by the quality of decisions made by bank management with regard to liquidity risk, credit risk, asset composition and management, expense management and capital size. The results implies that profitability of the Zimbabwean banking sector can be improved by increasing the quality of the assets, improving expense management, improving liquidity and capital levels. The study confirms that bank managers have a significant role in shaping the profitability of the sector.

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  • Sanderson Abel & Pierre Le Roux, 2016. "Determinants of Banking Sector Profitability in Zimbabwe," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 6(3), pages 845-854.
  • Handle: RePEc:eco:journ1:2016-03-4
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    Keywords

    Banking Profitability; External Determinants; Internal Determinants; Fixed Effects; Generalized Methods of Moments;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance

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