Register  |  Login  |  Inquiries  |  Sitemap |  
Advanced Search
Journal of Economic Integration 2020 June;35(2) :326-352.
Is Finance-Growth Nexus Linear in Selected Countries of Middle East and Northern Africa?

Daouia ChebabNur Syazwani MazlanWan Azman Saini Wan NgahLee Chin 

Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Corresponding Author: Daouia Chebab ,Email:
Copyright ©2020 Journal of Economic Integration
The present study re-examines the impact of financial development on economic growth in resource-rich Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries over 1987-2015. Although several studies investigate the finance-growth nexus, none emphasized the nature of this relationship in MENA. In the long run, an inverted U-shaped association between finance and growth is indicated when using pooled mean group estimations. However, the relationship is not significant in the short run. The outcomes suggest that financial development is significantly and positively affiliated with economic growth up to a certain level. After this turning point, additional financial development tends to adversely affect economic growth. The existence of an inverse U-shape association between financial development and economic growth was confirmed by the estimation of the U-test. The outcomes of our study are important to policymakers, in terms of optimizing the necessary and limit of financial development to ensure maximum benefit for the whole economy through the banking sector.

JEL Classification
O41: One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
G21: Banks; Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
Keywords: Economic Growth | Financial Development | MENA | Non-linear | Pooled Mean Group Estimation
PDF Links  PDF Links
Full text via DOI  Full text via DOI
Download Citation  Download Citation
Editorial Office
Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, 209, Neungdong-Ro, Gwangjin-Gu,
Seoul, 05006, Korea
TEL : +82-2-3408-3338    FAX : +82-2-6935-2492   E-mail :,
Browse Articles |  Current Issue |  For Authors and Reviewers |  About
Copyright© by Center for Economic Integration.      Developed in M2PI