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Non-performing loans and monetary policy dynamics in Ghana

Rexford Kweku Asiama (Department of Economics and Econometrics, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, South Africa)
Anthony Amoah (Department of Economics, Central University, Accra, Ghana)

African Journal of Economic and Management Studies

ISSN: 2040-0705

Article publication date: 12 December 2018

Issue publication date: 24 May 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The sharp rise in non-performing loans (NPLs) with its associated effect on financial institutions in Ghana has become very alarming. This has led to the collapse of distressed institutions and associated repercussions such as loss of private savings, investments, businesses and livelihoods. The purpose of this paper is to test the hypothesis that the monetary policy rate can be used to influence NPLs in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

Using quarterly data spanning from 2000 to 2016, the authors used the autoregressive distributed lag econometric approach to estimate the effect of monetary policy on the percentage growth of NPLs in Ghana. The results are presented for both short-run and long-run periods.

Findings

In the short run, the authors find evidence of no statistically significant effect of monetary policy on the percentage growth of NPLs. However, in the long run, the authors find a statistically significant effect of monetary policy on the percentage growth of NPLs.

Practical implications

The authors recommend that policymakers should focus on building a strong financial environment, so that monetary policy can be used to influence the commercial bank’s interest rate. In effect, this will help reduce the growth of NPLs, reduce risk and attract competitors into the financial market, increase asset base, increase credit to support viable ventures and subsequently boost economic growth in Ghana.

Originality/value

The paper shows its value by using quarterly data whereas most literature have considered annual data. Also, the paper includes a policy variable measured by the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) as the key variable of interest which is normally not the case with most studies.

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Citation

Asiama, R.K. and Amoah, A. (2019), "Non-performing loans and monetary policy dynamics in Ghana", African Journal of Economic and Management Studies, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 169-184. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJEMS-04-2018-0103

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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