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Nigeria Economic Review Second Quarter Report 2016

An overview of the Nigerian economy is presented in this report by examining key macroeconomic indicators, external sector performance and key domestic sector performance in 2016Q2. The evidence presented shows that the internal and external sector …

The Mist of Central Bank Balance Sheets

The central banks of large and emerging market economies have recently gone through a period of extraordinary expansion of balance sheets. Currently, they are all now possibly facing a transition to less abnormal times. The fact that one group, howe…

Macroeconomic Policy Formation in Senegal : Challenges in Formation and Coordination

This paper presented a framework of economic policy formulation in Senegal from 1960 to 2012, with special emphasis on the years from 2000. Political, social and economic objectives of these policies are identified. Subsequently, the role of the st…

Union Monétaire et Coordination des Politiques économiques : Estimations dans les Pays de la Zone Franc / Monetary Union and Coordination of Economic Policies: Estimates in the Countries of the Franc Zone

While being located in a heterogeneous monetary union, this paper analyzed the effects of the coordination related to the type of mode of co-operation in the countries of zone CFA. The analysis was carried out using a N country model of coordination…

What Happened to World Trade?

Since the aftermath of the global financial crisis, 2015 can be regarded as one of the worst years for world trade, with figures exhibiting a decline of almost 14% in dollar value terms. In fact, world trade volumes have lagged behind GDP growth sin…

Un Modèle Macro économétrique du Sénégal / A Macro Econometric Model of Senegal

The aim of this research was to propose a macroeconomic model of Senegal that was to provide a theoretical framework for the Senegalese economy and to give the authorities more visibility on the effectiveness of different economic policies they woul…

Towards An Inflation Targeting Regime in Zambia

In this paper, the author seeks to discuss the conduct of monetary policy in an inflation targeting framework. The objective is to understand structural and institutional nuances in settings where this framework is successful in controlling inflatio…

Zimbabweans Still Dissatisfied with the Economy and Doubt Usefulness of Bond Notes

Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown remains an enormous challenge affecting citizens from all walks of life. The government’s 2009 introduction of various foreign currencies was welcomed by many Zimbabweans who, after years of hyperinflation, witnessed a…

Linkages and Interdependence in Moroccan Regions

Input-output tables provide a rich source of information about the structure of economies that is not available from other frameworks. In addition to providing key information for the analysis of linkages between activities (and regions), the tables…

Fiscal Decentralization and Macroeconomic Management in Ethiopia

"This paper attempts to evaluate the recent moves to decentralize fiscal powers to the regions to see to what extent they can affect the conditions for macroeconomic management in the country, given the ongoing economic reform programme that emphas…

The Macroeconomic Policy Environment and Public Enterprise Reform in Ethiopia

"Macroeconomic stabilization and structural adjustment measures have been taken since October 1992 involving an exchange route adjustment and new fiscal and monetary policies as major components. The new investment, labor and public enterprise laws …

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…

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 …

Comparing the Performance of Uganda’s Intra-East African Community Trade and Other Trading Blocs: A Gravity Model Analysis

"This paper examines factors that determine Uganda’s trade flows and specifically compares the impact and performance of the different trade blocs on Uganda’s trade patterns and flows. The empirical question is whether Uganda’s trade is getting more…

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