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The Impact of Macroeconomic Dynamic on Bank Lending Behavior in Nigeria


  • Iwedi Marshal

    (Department of Banking & Finance, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo Port Harcourt, Nigeria)


This study investigated the impact of macroeconomic dynamics on bank lending behavior in Nigeria between 1976 to 2016 using ordinary least square equation estimation, Johansen multivariate co integration and granger causality techniques. The findings of this study leads to various conclusive remarks. The result of the cointegration shows a long run equilibrium impact between macroeconomic variables and bank lending behavior in Nigeria. The OLS result reveals that bank capitalization ratio is the most important bank internal variables that explain their lending behavior given the vagaries of the macroeconomic environment in Nigeria while the money supply was found to be the most important macroeconomic variable that explains bank lending behavior in Nigeria. These variables (MOS & CAP) were found to be positive and significant at 5% level. Additionally, it was found that dynamics associated with monetary and macroeconomic variables (EXR, GDP, INF, MPR & LIQ) have a negative impact on bank lending behavior in the short run. The result of causality shows a unidirectional causality flowing from CPS to GDP, CPS to MPR and CPS to CAP in all cases excerpt for EXR to CPS. There is also evidence of bi-directional causality between CAP & EXR, CAP & GDP, LIQ & MPR and CAP & LIQ. From the findings of this study and the conclusion derived there from, we recommend that macroeconomic policy makers should adopt policy measures geared toward controlling the rising trend of inflation, exchange rate, and interest rate in Nigeria. While frantic effort should be made by the manager of the economy toward restoring the Nigeria economy to the path of sustainable and inclusive growth with the view of aborting the harmful effect of loan curtailment on investment and economic growth in the long-run.

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  • Iwedi Marshal, 2017. "The Impact of Macroeconomic Dynamic on Bank Lending Behavior in Nigeria," Noble International Journal of Economics and Financial Research, Noble Academic Publsiher, vol. 2(10), pages 131-139, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:nap:nijefr:2017:p:131-139

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    1. Mario Quagliariello, 2009. "Macroeconomic uncertainty and banks' lending decisions: the case of Italy," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(3), pages 323-336.
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