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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
ISSN: 2028-9324     CODEN: IJIABO     OCLC Number: 828807274     ZDB-ID: 2703985-7
 
 
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The Effects of External Financial Shocks on Financial Integration and Economic Growth: A VAR Approach for Maghreb Countries


Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2013, Pages 403–424

 The Effects of External Financial Shocks on Financial Integration and Economic Growth: A VAR Approach for Maghreb Countries

Soumia ZENASNI1 and Abderrezzak BENHABIB2

1 Department of Economics, University of Tlemcen, Tlemcen, Algeria
2 Department of Economics and Management, Tlemcen School of Economics, Tlemcen, Algeria

Original language: English

Received 13 April 2013

Copyright © 2013 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


The main objective of this paper is to quantify the importance of external shocks in domestic and external variables fluctuations for a sample of three North African countries (Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia) using a VAR model estimation with quarterly data during the period 1990-2010. Since the early 1990s, Maghreb countries have implemented these last year, structural liberalization policies and modernized banking and financial regulations in order to strengthen their financial systems, establish an economic union between them and improve their economic growth rates. Accompanying to these developments, the study of this relationship has been largely analyzed in the literature. In fact, several theoretical and empirical studies have been elaborated to understand the process of international banking and financial shocks and their impact on economic development of countries as well as on the ability to create economic integration between them. Results find that external shocks negatively affect economic growth of Maghreb countries and impede the implementation of financial integration project. In addition, we document the dynamic response of each studied variable to external financial stress in these economies. Our results on variance decompositions and impulse responses functions show that Maghreb countries appear especially sensitive to the trade and the financial channel.

Author Keywords: Financial integration, External shocks, Financial crisis, Maghreb countries, VAR approach.


How to Cite this Article


Soumia ZENASNI and Abderrezzak BENHABIB, “The Effects of External Financial Shocks on Financial Integration and Economic Growth: A VAR Approach for Maghreb Countries,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 403–424, June 2013.