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Information Asymmetry, Financialisation and Financial Access

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  • Simplice Asongu

    () (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

  • Nicholas Odhiambo

    () (Pretoria, South Africa)

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This study investigates whether information sharing channels that are meant to reduce information asymmetry have led to an increase in financial access. The study employs a Generalised Method of Moments technique using data from 53 African countries during the period from 2004-2011 to examine this linkage. Information sharing channels are theoretically designed to promote the formal financial sector and discourage the informal financial sector. The study uses two information sharing channels: private credit bureaus and public credit registries. The study found that both information sharing channels have a positive and significant impact on financial access. The study also found that public credit registries complement the formal financial sector to promote financial access. The policy implications are discussed.

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  • Simplice Asongu & Nicholas Odhiambo, 2018. "Information Asymmetry, Financialisation and Financial Access," Working Papers of the African Governance and Development Institute. 18/019, African Governance and Development Institute..
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    1. Simplice Asongu & Joseph Nnanna, 2018. "ICT in Reducing Information Asymmetry for Financial Sector Competition," Working Papers of the African Governance and Development Institute. 18/035, African Governance and Development Institute..

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    Keywords

    Information asymmetry; Financialisation; Financial Access; Africa;

    JEL classification:

    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G29 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Other
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa

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