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Komivi Afawubo and Vincent Fromentin
 
''Financial development and economic growth: the case of ECOWAS and WAEMU''
( 2013, Vol. 33 No.3 )
 
 
This paper examines the interaction between financial development and economic growth of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) and West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) using non-stationary panel data methodology and a panel cointegration approach. We estimate a trivariate vector error correction model (VECM) to simultaneously assess the long- and short-term impact of financial development on economic growth. The results suggest that the use of the common currency promotes financial stability and allow the same preference of demand domestic credit to private sector and liquid liabilities in foreign currencies both contribute to economic growth in the WAEMU. However in ECOWAS zone, in long-term (as in short-time), they prefer detente domestic credit (private and bank sector) which contribute to economic growth to liquid liabilities in foreign currencies which is negatively correlate to economic growth.
 
 
Keywords: financial development, economic growth, cointegration, causality, panel
JEL: G2 - Financial Institutions and Services: General
C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General
 
Manuscript Received : Feb 19 2013 Manuscript Accepted : Jul 11 2013

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