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Financial development and economic growth: New evidence from a sample of island economies


  • Boopen Seetanah
  • Shalini T. Ramessur
  • Sawkut Rojid


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to test the hypothesis that there exists a positive link between financial development and economic growth in island economies. Design/methodology/approach - To study this relationship both static and dynamic panel data techniques (GMM) are used for a sample of 20 island economies over a period of 22 years. Findings - Results from the fixed effect estimates show that financial development has a positive contribution on the output level of the islands. The positive link is also validated using GMM panel estimates and interestingly the presence of dynamics in the modelling is detected. Originality/value - This research narrows the gap that exists in literature as much of the research in this field deals with only developed countries and very few with developing countries. To the best of the authors' knowledge, no studies have looked into a set of island economies – this study is the first of its kind.

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  • Boopen Seetanah & Shalini T. Ramessur & Sawkut Rojid, 2009. "Financial development and economic growth: New evidence from a sample of island economies," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 36(2), pages 124-134, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:jespps:v:36:y:2009:i:2:p:124-134

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    1. Borlea Sorin Nicolae & Puscas Adriana & Mare Codruta & Achim Monica Violeta, 2016. "Direction of Causality Between Financial Development and Economic Growth. Evidence for Developing Countries," Studia Universitatis „Vasile Goldis” Arad – Economics Series, De Gruyter Open, vol. 26(2), pages 1-22, June.
    2. Camilleri, Silvio John & Falzon, Joseph, 2013. "The Challenges of Productivity Growth in the Small Island States of Europe: A Critical Look of Malta and Cyprus," MPRA Paper 62489, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Mwinlaaru, Peter Yeltulme & Ofori, Isaac Kwesi & Adiyiah, Kwadwo Agyeman & Idun, Anthony Adu-Asare, 2016. "Non-Performing Loans and Universal Bank’s Profitability," MPRA Paper 82902, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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