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Causality tests between stock market development and economic growth in West African Monetary Union

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Author(s): Maman Tachiwou ABOUDOU

Journal: Economia : Seria Management
ISSN 1454-0320

Volume: 12;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 14;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: stock market development | economic growth | Toda and Yamamoto causality test | West African Monetary Union

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the causal relationship between stock market development and economic growth for the West African Monetary Union economy over the last decade or so. By applying the techniques of unit–root tests and the long–run Granger noncausality test proposed by Toda and Yamamoto (1995), the causal relationships between the real GDP growth rate and two stock market development proxies are tested. The results are in line with the supply leading hypothesis in the sense that there is strong causal flow from the stock market development to economic growth. A unidirectional causal relationship is also observed between real market capitalization ratio and economic growth.

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