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Finance and Democracy in Africa

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  • Asongu Simplice

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    (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

This paper focuses on how political regimes affect financial development in Africa, contingent on religious-domination, income-levels and colonial-legacies. The main findings are summarized as follows. Authoritarian regimes have a higher propensity to effect policies that favour the development of financial intermediary depth, activity and size. Democracy has important effects on the degree of competition for public offices but less significant effects in comparison with autocracy on policies towards financial development. As a policy implication, once democracy is initiated, it should be accelerated (to edge the appeals of authoritarian regimes) and reap the benefits of level and time hypotheses in financial development.

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Paper provided by African Governance and Development Institute. in its series Working Papers with number 11/020.

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Length: 32
Date of creation: 20 Dec 2011
Publication status: Forthcoming: Institutions and Economies
Handle: RePEc:agd:wpaper:11/020
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