Title: Financial sector development and economic growth nexus in South Africa
Author: Tafirenyika Sunde
Address: Department of Economics, School of Business Management, Polytechnic of Namibia, Private Bag 13388, Windhoek, Namibia; 13 Storch Street, Windhoek, Namibia
Abstract: The study investigated the nexus between financial sector development and economic growth in South Africa using cointegration and error correction modelling and; the Granger causality tests. The results of the study show that economic growth is explained by the financial sector variables and control variables such as inflation, exchange rate, and real interest rates. The Granger causality test results show that there is generally a bidirectional relationship between economic growth and financial sector development which implies that if the economy grows the financial services sector also grows and vice versa.
Keywords: financial development; economic growth; financial sector development; monetary economics; finance; unit root tests; cointegration; error correction modelling; Granger causality; bidirectional; South Africa.
Int. J. of Monetary Economics and Finance, 2012 Vol.5, No.1, pp.64 - 75
Submission date: 03 Feb 2011
Date of acceptance: 01 Apr 2011
Available online: 26 Dec 2011