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Is there a role for governance in the saving-investment nexus for Sub-Saharan Africa?

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  • Ibrahim Raheem

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  • Kazeem Ajide
  • Oluwatosin Adeniyi

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The study broke some yet to be explored ground in the literature on the Feldstein-Horioka (FH) puzzle. Precisely, it uncovered the role of institutions (particularly governance) in the saving-investment causal nexus using data on a panel of 37 sub-Saharan Africa countries, over the period spanning 1996 through 2010. Deploying a battery of panel estimators, the findings further lend support to earlier opinions on the bound of ranges of saving retention coefficients for the region. More specifically, the coefficients are −0.014, 0.200 and 0.21 in the ordinary least squares (OLS), fixed effects (FE) and random effects (RE) regressions, respectively. These estimates are largely synonymous to those reported for SSA in extant studies. Interestingly, considerable improvement was recorded in the saving coefficient from 0.20 to 0.361 when governance was interacted with saving. This concretely reinforces the useful role of governance in mobilizing saving for investment within these economies. Based on these findings, domestic resource mobilisation can be a veritable vehicle for plugging the substantial investment gap in these SSA economies. However, such policy thrust must be necessarily complemented by far-reaching governance reforms. Copyright Institute for Social and Economic Change 2015

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  • Ibrahim Raheem & Kazeem Ajide & Oluwatosin Adeniyi, 2015. "Is there a role for governance in the saving-investment nexus for Sub-Saharan Africa?," Journal of Social and Economic Development, Springer;Institute for Social and Economic Change, vol. 17(2), pages 120-134, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jsecdv:v:17:y:2015:i:2:p:120-134
    DOI: 10.1007/s40847-015-0011-6
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    Keywords

    Feldstein–Horioka coefficients; Governance indicators; Panel regression; Sub-Saharan Africa; C23; D73; F12; H5;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies

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