Simplice A, Asongu (2012): How has mobile banking stimulated financial development in Africa?
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In the first empirical assessment of the incidence of mobile banking on financial intermediary development in Africa, we use two definitions of the financial system: the traditional IFS (2008) and Asongu (2011) measures of financial sector importance. When the conception of a financial system is based only on banks and other financial institution (IFS, 2008), mobile banking has a negative incidence on traditional financial intermediary dynamics of depth, activity and size. However, when a previously missing informal-financial sector component is integrated into the definition (Asongu, 2011), mobile-banking has a positive incidence on informal financial intermediary development. Three major implications result from the findings. (1) There is a growing role of informal finance in developing countries. (2) The incidence of the burgeoning phenomenon of mobile-banking cannot be effectively assessed at a macroeconomic level by traditional financial development indicators. (3) It is a wake-up call for scholarly research on informal financial intermediary development indicators which will oriented monetary policy; since a great chunk of the monetary base(M0) in less developed countries is now captured by mobile-banking.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||How has mobile banking stimulated financial development in Africa?|
|Keywords:||Banking; Mobile Phones; Shadow Economy; Financial Development; Africa|
|Subjects:||O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O17 - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E0 - General > E00 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D60 - General
G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G20 - General
|Depositing User:||Simplice Anutechia Asongu|
|Date Deposited:||05. May 2012 14:36|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 11:46|
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