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Information asymmetry and financial dollarization in sub-Saharan Africa

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Abstract(English): Financial dollarisation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is most persistent compared to other regions of the world. The purpose of this paper is to complement the existing scant literature on dollarisation in Africa by assessing the role of information sharing offices (public credit registries and private credit bureaus) on financial dollarisation in 25 SSA countries for the period 2001-2012. The empirical evidence is based on ordinary least squares and generalised method of moments (GMM). The findings show that information sharing offices (which are designed to reduce information asymmetry) in the banking industry are a deterrent to dollarisation. The underpinning assumption that financial development reduces financial dollarisation is confirmed. There is scant literature on the relevance of information sharing offices in development outcomes in Africa. While the establishment of these offices in most countries in the continent began in 2004, scholarship on the...
Authors: Asongu, Simplice
Raheem, Ibrahim
Tchamyou, Venessa
Type: Journal article
Language: English
Subject: AFRICA
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