Stock Market Development and Economic Growth: The Case of West African Monetary Union

Aboudou Maman Tachiwou


Stock market is an indicator of an economy financial health. It indicates the mood of investors in a country. As such, stock market development is an important ingredient for growth. The stock exchange of West African monetary union is fairly new compared to many countries. This paper examines the impact of stock market development on growth in West African monetary union. A time series econometric investigation is conducted over the period 1995 -2006. We analyze both the short run and long run relationship by constructing an ECM. Two measures of stock market development namely size and liquidity are used. We define size as the share of market capitalization over GDP and liquidity as volume of share traded over GDP. We found that stock market development positively affect economic growth in West African monetary union both in the short run and long run.

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