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Perceived Financial Risk and Divergence in the Economic Growth of Sub-Saharan African Countries

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  • Bichaka Fayissa
  • Christian Nsiah
  • Prathibha V. Joshi

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Since the 1970’s, countries of the Sub-Saharan African region have experienced slow economic growth and development in comparison to other regions of the world. This paper studies the role of perceived financial risk in explaining the divergence of economic growth among Sub-Saharan African countries by employing regression techniques on panel data for the period of 1984 to 2000. Our findings suggest that higher ratings of a country’s investment environment (used as a proxy for reduced perceived financial risk) tend to make the flow of external funds more accessible to African countries and spur their economic growth.

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  • Bichaka Fayissa & Christian Nsiah & Prathibha V. Joshi, 2008. "Perceived Financial Risk and Divergence in the Economic Growth of Sub-Saharan African Countries," Working Papers 200804, Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Economics and Finance.
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    Keywords

    Economic growth; financial risk; foreign direct investment; human capital; physical capital; political rights; openness; panel data.;

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O5 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies

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