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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…

Misconceptions Surround High Interest Rates and Low Bank Credit to MSMEs in Zambia

"The important contribution made by MSMEs in the development of any economy cannot be overlooked. In Zambia, MSMEs contribute about 56% of the total number of jobs and account for over 80% of the number of businesses registered at the Patents and Co…

BIDPA Briefing 1st Quarter 2002

"In this issue of the BIDPA briefing, we note that the growth in government spending may be unsustainable if not complemented by a rise in the economy's productive capacity. This reinforces the need for the country to expedite its efforts to diversi…

BIDPA Briefing 1st Quarter 2000

"As noted in the BIDPA Briefing on the 2000 Budget, the Government plans to reduce the rate of growth of government spending quite drastically. The budget estimates for 2000/01 show that government spending will increase by only 3%, compared with 2…

BIDPA Briefing 3rd Quarter 1998

"The global economic turmoil of recent months has so far not had a major effect on the Botswana economy. Despite tumbling stock markets all over the world, and the fear of global economic recession, the Botswana economy is performing well, particula…

Banks and Monetary Policy Transmission in the West African Economic and Monetary Union

This paper aims at examining the role of banks in the transmission of the monetary policy in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). By using a simple theoretical model, this paper shows that improving the quality of institutions and a…

Les Banques et la Transmission de la Politique Monétaire dans l'Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest-Africaine / Banks and Monetary Policy Transmission in the West African Economic and Monetary Union

This paper aims at examining the role of banks in the transmission of the monetary policy in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). By using a simple theoretical model, this paper shows that improving the quality of institutions and a…

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