n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Financial innovation and economic growth in the SADC

Volume 8, Issue 5-6
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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This study empirically establishes the causal relationship between financial innovation and economic growth in the SADC. Using an Auto regressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) Model, estimated by Pooled Mean Group and Dynamic Fixed Effects, the study finds that financial innovation generally has a positive relationship with economic growth in the long run for the SADC. Introducing Mobile Banking props up the role of financial innovation in growth in the SADC. The long-run estimations show mixed effects on proxy variables other than Mobile Banking, strengthening the importance of having appropriate measures for financial innovation. Panel Granger causality tests establish that there is no causality, in any direction, between financial innovation and growth, both in the short and long run.

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