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International Trade and Emerging Markets Since the Crisis

"This paper attempts to make sense of the post-crisis state of play in international trade, by taking a forward look at emerging markets and global trade policy. After describing the political and economic context for international trade up to 200...

BIDPA Briefing Pension Funds

"The growth of contractual savings schemes such as pension funds and life assurance has been an important but relatively low profile development in Botswana's financial system over the past ten years. During the 1990s, contractual savings funds h...

The Logic of the B(R)ICSAM Model for G8 Reform

The BRICs model developed by Goldman Sachs in its publication, Dreaming With BRICs: The Path to 2050, has attracted some considerable attention.1 From an economic perspective, it has enormous attractions in lending attention to four countries (Bra...

Somalia: The Tough Part Is Ahead

Somalia’s Islamic Courts fell even more dramatically than they rose. In little more than a week in December 2006, Ethiopian and Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces killed hundreds of Islamist fighters and scattered the rest in a li...

Banking on Africa: Chinese financial institutions and Africa

"The Chinese drive into the resource sector in Africa has already received much attention in the media and, increasingly, in scholar literature. What has not been well understood is the role of Chinese financial institutions in support of the coun...

Capital Flight and External Debt in Nigeria

"This study concentrates on capital flight and external debt in Nigeria. The study will focus on the definition, magnitude, determinants, mechanisms and consequences of capital flight. The analysis will also explore the possible measureable asse...

Corporate Governance Mechanisms and Firm Financial Performance in Nigeria

"This study aims to provide additional insights into the relationship between governance mechanisms and firm financial performance in Nigeria. The article focuses on the five dimensions of corporate governance,abstracting from other dimensions suc...

Dynamic Inter-Links Among the Exchange Rate, Price Level and Terms of Trade in a Managed Floating Exchange Rate System: The Case of Ghana

"This study examined the dynamic inter-relationships among domestic price level, nominal exchange rate, terms of trade of cocoa, bank rate, domestic credit and foreign exchange reserves using the cointegration, vector error correction (VEC) and ve...

Facing the Global Financial Crisis - Policy Lessons from Small Mauritius

"The objective of the paper therefore is to assess the case of a small island developing state like Mauritius where government has attempted to mitigate the negative consequences of the global economic crisis through an appropriate policy mix. So...

Financial Deepening, Economic Growth and Development: Evidence from Selected Sub-Saharan African Countries

"This study identifies the range of financial assets that can adequately approximate financial deepening,which simply means an increase in the supply of financial assets in the economy. FD is represented by two variables, the degree of financial i...

Financial Sector Liberalization and Productivity Change in Uganda's Commercial Banking Sector

"The study employed quarterly data over a 13-year period from 1993 to 2005 to study the evolution of Total Factor Productivity (TFP) and its determinants among 11 banks in Uganda. Productivity was measured using the Malmquist index while the deter...

Financial Sector Reforms and Interest Rate Liberalization: The Kenya Experience

"The study explored the sequencing and actions so far taken in the liberalization process in Kenya. The study also examined the interest rate levels, spreads and determining factors, as an indicator of financial sector response to the reform proce...

Global Economic and Financial Crisis and Trade: Kenya’s Experience

"This paper investigates the effects of the global economic and financial crisis in Africa and whether or not Kenya’s trade sector has been a channel for transmitting the crisis in the country. The analysis of the effects of the crisis in Sub-Saha...

Global Economic Crisis : The Need for African Government Interventions for Rapid Economic Recovery and Stability

"The objective of this paper is to discuss measures required by African governments in cushioning the effects of the global economic crisis on the region’s economies. To this end, the paper is organized into five sections. Aside from the introduct...

Global Economy in Crisis : A Rethinking of Received Economic Doctrine with some Evidence from Nigeria

"This paper examines the impact, policy responses and implication of the global financial crisis on Nigeria. It also reviews the received economic doctrine which has fundamentally contributed to the crisis and calls for a rethinking of the dominan...

Indices of Effective Exchange Rates : a Comparative Study of Ethiopia, Kenya and the Sudan

"This paper looks at the adequacy and consistency of exchange rate indices for African countries. The indices are adequate for comparing exchange rate movements between industrialized countries and with comparable economic performances. When one ...

Growth and Foreign Debt: the Ethiopian Experience : 1964-86

"In this paper a macro model is used to examine the relationship between internal and external debt and economic growth, using Ethiopian data. The idea behind the model is that a country's rate of economic growth must at least match the annual rat...

International Stock Market Linkages

"In this paper, the extent of linkages among three stock markets in Southern Africa, specifically Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa are investigated. The extent is considered to which these markets are related to emerging markets more generally ...

International Debt Management in Africa

"This paper discusses various aspects of the problems African governments face in financing their generally large budgetary deficits. Its primary objective is to focus on the main methods of financing which are realistically available given the ge...

Institutional Reforms and the Management of Exchange Rate Policy In Nigeria

"The purpose of this study is to report, from an institutional perspective, Nigeria's experience of using the auction system in the allocation of foreign exchange, as a way of arriving at "a realistic exchange rate". In addition, the various modi...

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