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Bank privatization and performance - emprical evidence from Nigeria, Volume 1
 
Author:Beck, Thorsten; Cull, Robert; Jerome, Afeikhena; Country:Nigeria;
Date Stored:2005/03/02Document Date:2005/02/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:International Terrorism & Counterterrorism; Financial Crisis Management & Restructuring; Payment Systems & Infrastructure; Economic Theory & Research; Banks & Banking Reform; Municipal Financial Management; Financial Intermediation
Language:EnglishRegion:Africa
Report Number:WPS3511Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 3511
Volume No:1  

Summary: The authors assess the effect of privatization on performance in a panel of Nigerian banks for the period 1990-2001. They find evidence of performance improvement in nine banks that were privatized, which is remarkable given the inhospitable environment for true financial intermediation. Their results also suggest negative effects of the continuing minority government ownership on the performance of many Nigerian banks. The authors' results complement aggregate indications of decreasing financial intermediation over the 1990s. Banks that focused on investment in government bonds and non-lending activities enjoyed a relatively higher performance.

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