The purpose of this paper is to examine the likelihood that the presence of the deposit insurance policy encourages risk appetite behavior of banks in Sub-Saharan African (SSA). It argues that financial system stability is not a function of the choice of a deposit insurance scheme, but countries' peculiarities such as quality of institutions and the macroeconomic environment.
The study used the stereotype logit regression model and covers 47 SSA countries. Countries are categorized into two: explicit and implicit DIP scheme.
The study found that corrupt countries are more likely to adopt the implicit policy, while the explicit policy exposes them to credit risk, insolvency, and negative macroeconomic shocks, a reflection of weak institutions and unhealthy competition.
Paucity of substantial local literature on institutional perspective of deposit insurance (DI) constitutes the major limitation of this study.
The sub-region, therefore, faces a conundrum - desiring a deposit insurance scheme, but lacking the required institutions to maintain either a publicly owned regulatory system or the ability to transplant the private club model.
This study contributes to the institutional perspective of DI from SSA institutional perspective.
Egbuna, E., Oduh, M., Ujunwa, A. and Okoyeuzu, C. (2018), "Does deposit insurance promote moral hazards and adverse selection? Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa", International Journal of Managerial Finance, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 150-169. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMF-10-2016-0196Download as .RIS
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