Journal of
Economics and International Finance

  • Abbreviation: J. Econ. Int. Finance
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9812
  • DOI: 10.5897/JEIF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 361

Full Length Research Paper

Financial development and economic growth in Cameroon, 1970-2005

Tabi Atemnkeng Johannes*, Aloysius Mom Njong and Neba Cletus
Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Dschang, Cameroon, P. O. BOX 110, Dschang, Cameroon.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 27 April 2011
  •  Published: 30 June 2011



In this work we investigated the relationship between financial development and economic growth in Cameroon using time series data for the period 1970-2005. Using the Johansen method of cointegration analysis and various measures of financial development, we find that financial development has a positive effect on economic growth in the long run through efficient collection and allocation of financial resources. Also, we find a long term causality relationship running from financial development to economic growth. We therefore propose that the ongoing financial reforms in the country should be pushed forward so as to boost the development of this sector and by that increase its role in economic development.


Key words: Financial development, economic growth, Cameroon.