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Nigeria Economic Update Issue 7

In the first article which handles about the Monetary Policy, it discusses briefly the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the communiqué No.105 of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting and the results and outcomes. The next article discusses Cr…

Nigeria Economic Update Issue 9

This short update discusses several issues briefly. Firstly it talks about Crude Oil and Gas and specifically the OPEC weekly basket price which decreased by 7.4 percent from $29.20 per barrel on February 5th to $27.04 per barrel on February 12, 201…

Nigeria Economic Update Issue 16

This short report discusses the following: The first article is about the Purchasing Managers Index which measures business performance in the Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing sector of the economy which improved slightly, although it under-perfo…

Depreciation of the Ugandan Shilling: Implications for the National Economy

The Ugandan Shilling depreciated over the course of 2014/15 fiscal year, against the US dollar by over 20%. Uganda, like many other economies, was struggling with the falling value of its’ currency against the dollar which was attributed to the fall…

Nigeria Economic Update Issue 24

This economic update informs about the following matters relating to the Nigerian Economy. The first article is on the Monetary Policy - briefly discusses the outcome of the monitory policy Committee (MPC) which was held on the 23rd and 24th of May …

Is the Ethiopian Birr Overvalued? A Sober Assessment

"The purpose of this short paper is to answer the question by examining whether the Birr is misaligned or it is close to its equilibrium value as determined by macroeconomic fundamentals. To do so, the paper estimates what is called the fundamental …

Switching costs, Relationship Banking & MSMEs Formal Bank Credit in Zambia

"We find that MSMEs choice of the main-bank does not persist signaling the absence of switching costs and the vague role of relationship banking. Moreover, switching a main-bank has no effect on lending interest rates. Our results imply that MSMEs a…

High Interest Rates in Ghana, A Critical Analysis

The question of high interest rates in Ghana is examined in this paper. The author notes that high interest rates have not only kept the cost of credit unnecessarily high, but have also discouraged many otherwise viable projects from being implement…

Monetary and Fiscal Actions: A Test of Their Relative Importance in Economic Stabilization in Tanzania

"This study has assessed the potency of monetary and fiscal actions in economic stabilisation in the Tanzanian Economy. The analysis used both statistical and econometric procedures. It has been found from statistical analysis that monetary and f…

A Positive and Normative Analysis of Bank Supervision in Nigeria

"The study attempted to characterize the nature and determinants of bank distress in Nigeria, as well as the approaches adopted by the supervisory agencies to ensure that banks operate safe and sound practices. In doing this, it combined a non-nor…

An Analysis of the Implementation and Stability of Nigerian Agricultural Policies, 1970–1993

"The study has four primary objectives. The profile of agricultural policies over the 1970–1993 period is the first. The profile includes agricultural policies in the development plans and annual and ad hoc budgets; it also covers fiscal and monetar…

An Empirical Analysis of Interest Rate Spread in Kenya

"The study aimed to explain the factors determining interest rate spread for Kenya’s banking sector. For the pre-liberalization period, the minimum and maximum ceilings on deposit and lending rates set a maximum interest rate spread. Variations in…

An Evaluation of the Viability of a Single Monetary Zone in ECOWAS

"This study focuses on the prospects of a viable monetary union in the subregion and the role of monetary integration in the facilitation and enhancement of payments for intra-regional trade. Specifically, the main objective of this study is to dete…

Analysis of Factors Affecting the Development of an Emerging Capital Market: The Case of the Ghana Stock Market

"The study looks at the institutional factors affecting the development of the Ghana stock market. Additionally, the study analyses the impact of the listing of Ashanti Goldfields corporation on the development of the Ghana stock market. The study e…

Bank Performance and Supervision in Nigeria : Analyzing the Transition to a Deregulated Economy

"The study focuses on the effect of gradual deregulation in a developing economy on the efficiency of banks and the banking sector. It assesses whether the policy package results in an improvement in the technical efficiency of the industry. This st…

Asset Pricing and Information Efficiency of the Ghana Stock Market

"The study looks at two main objectives, the asset pricing characteristics and the response to annual earnings announcements of the Ghana Stock Market (GSM). The study hypothesizes that the GSM, as a typical African emerging stock market, is not eff…

Economic Policies in G-20 and African Countries during the Global Financial Crisis Who’s the Apprentice, Who’s the Master?

"This paper finds that G-20 countries have responded through fast and large bailouts, historically large fiscal stimuli and accommodative monetary policies. It seems that African countries could learn from this, and in part they should indeed do so …

Economic Liberalization, Monetary Policy and Money Demand in Rwanda: 1980–2005

"The objective of this study was to estimate a long and short run money demand function in the Rwandan economy. Using the Johansen approach, this paper established that there was a stable long-run equilibrium relationship between the demand for re…

Exchange Rate Volatility and Non-Traditional Exports Performance:Zambia, 1965–1999

"This study estimated an error correction model of the impact of real effective exchange rate volatility on the performance of non-traditional exports for Zambia between 1965 and 1999. Using a generalized autoregressive conditional hetero-scedastici…

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 int…

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