An Empirical Analysis of Capital Adequacy in the Banking Sub-Sector of the Nigeria Economy

  •  Samson Ogege    
  •  Harley Tega Williams    
  •  Apollos Emerah    


The paper sets out to examine the impact of capital adequacy in the banking sub-sector and the growth of Nigeria economy. It specifically seeks to ascertain the effect of bank capital base and macroeconomic variables. Nigeria’s data set from CBN statistical bulletin (2009) during the period 1980-2010 was used. It employed the error correction framework and co-integration techniques to test the relationship between bank capital base and macroeconomics variables. This implies that political stability may reduce financial distress and bankruptcy why foreign investment will affect Banks capital in most developing economy in the period of financial crisis. However, the study also establishes that there is a negative relationship between inflation and banks capital base as inflation erode banks capital in most developing economy. This simply means that Nigerian government should regulate investment policy why banks regulators should strive to keep inflation rate at a minimum level, if possible below 5% for them to be more efficient so as to be globally competitive.

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