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The validity of bank lending channel in Zimbabwe

Munyanyi, Musharavati Ephraim (2016): The validity of bank lending channel in Zimbabwe.

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This paper seeks examine the validity of the bank lending channel in Zimbabwe. It estimates the relative impact of this channel on key economic variables such as, economic growth and inflation by covering the period from 1970 to 2014. For this purpose, Vector Autoregression (VAR) approach is employed. Impulse Response Functions are also generated to confirm the response of a shock in bank lending upon itself and other variables (economic growth and inflation). The result findings indicate that bank lending channel does not have a significant role in monetary transmission mechanism of Zimbabwe. The results imply that the bank lending channel should be improved through for example, tightening creditworthiness standards, revamping accounting standards and bank credit assessment capabilities, as well as setting up an effective judicial system to improve banks’ ability to enforce on collateral.

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