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What Determines Bond Market Development in Sub-Saharan Africa?

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  • Olatundun Janet Adelegan
  • Bozena Radzewicz-Bak

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This study empirically analyzes the determinants of bond market development in a cross section of 23 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries between 1990 and 2008. It considers the stage of development and the size of the bond market, as well as the historical, structural, institutional and macroeconomic factors driving bond market development in SSA. The study finds that the savings constraint is a key impediment to domestic bond markets development as well as financial market deepening, as it results in a low level of financial intermediation by the banks. Overall, the results show that a confluence of factors matters for the development of domestic bond markets in SSA; these include structure of the economy, investment profile, law and order, size of the banking sector, the level of economic development, and various macroeconomic factors. Policy implications include increased efforts to strengthen the investment environment and the need for a regional approach to bond market development.

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  • Olatundun Janet Adelegan & Bozena Radzewicz-Bak, 2009. "What Determines Bond Market Development in Sub-Saharan Africa?," IMF Working Papers 09/213, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:09/213
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    1. Dennis Essers & Hans J. Blommestein & Danny Cassimon & Perla Ibarlucea Flores, 2016. "Local Currency Bond Market Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Stock-Taking Exercise and Analysis of Key Drivers," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 52(5), pages 1167-1194, May.
    2. Essers, Dennis & Cassimon, Danny, 2012. "Washing away original sin: vulnerability to crisis and the role of local currency bonds in Sub-Saharan Africa," IOB Working Papers 2012.12, Universiteit Antwerpen, Institute of Development Policy (IOB).
    3. Asian Development Bank Institute, 2017. "Asia Bond Monitor - November 2016," Working Papers id:11732, eSocialSciences.
    4. Essers, Dennis & Cassimon, Danny, 2013. "And what about Africa's original sins?," IOB Analyses & Policy Briefs 1, Universiteit Antwerpen, Institute of Development Policy (IOB).
    5. Kathrin Berensmann & Florence Dafe & Ulrich Volz, 2015. "Developing local currency bond markets for long-term development financing in Sub-Saharan Africa," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 31(3-4), pages 350-378.
    6. Chauvin, S. & Golitin, V., 2010. "Borrowing requirements and external debt sustainability of Sub-Saharan African countries," Quarterly selection of articles - Bulletin de la Banque de France, Banque de France, issue 17, pages 47-77, Spring.
    7. Sesay Brima & Abdulai Salia Brima, 2017. "Monetary Policy Effects on Private Sector Investment: Evidence from Sierra Leone," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 7(1), pages 476-488.
    8. repec:eee:ememar:v:32:y:2017:i:c:p:148-167 is not listed on IDEAS

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