nep-isf New Economics Papers
on Islamic Finance
Issue of 2019‒02‒04
four papers chosen by
Halimatun Aris

  1. Recent finance advances in information technology for inclusive development: a systematic review By Asongu, Simplice; Nwachukwu, Jacinta
  2. Oil price and the global conventional and islamic stock markets: Is the relationship symmetric or asymmetric ? evidence from nonlinear ARDL By Adediran, Ibrahim Opeyemi; Masih, Mansur
  3. The Influence of Zakat on Economic Growth and Welfare Society in Indonesia By Khasandy, Elleriz Aisha; Badrudin, Rudy
  4. No change in sight - Togo’s Political and Socio-Economic Development (2017 – 2019) By Kohnert, Dirk

  1. By: Asongu, Simplice; Nwachukwu, Jacinta
    Abstract: The overarching question tackled in this paper is: to what degree has financial development contributed to providing opportunities of human development for those on low-incomes and by what information technology mechanisms? We systematically review about 180 recently published papers to provide recent information technology advances in finance for inclusive development. Retained financial innovations are structured along three themes. They are: (i) the rural-urban divide, (ii) women empowerment and (iii) human capital in terms of skills and training. The financial instruments are articulated with case studies, innovations and investment strategies with particular emphasis, inter alia on: informal finance, microfinance, mobile banking, crowdfunding, microinsurance, Islamic finance, remittances, Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and the Diaspora Investment in Agriculture (DIA) initiative.
    Keywords: Finance; Inclusive Growth; Economic Development
    JEL: G20 I10 I20 I30 O10
    Date: 2018–01
  2. By: Adediran, Ibrahim Opeyemi; Masih, Mansur
    Abstract: The objective of this study is to investigate the relationship between the global oil and stock markets using the Islamic and conventional global stock indexes. We test the short- and long-run asymmetric impact of oil prices on both the conventional and Islamic stock prices in the global markets. The nonlinear ARDL approach developed by Shin et al.(2014) is utilized to examine the asymmetric relationship between the variables. The results tend to indicate that the impact of oil prices on stock prices is asymmetric during the short-run for both the Islamic and conventional stock markets. However, the long-run asymmetric relationship exists for the impact of the Oil price on Islamic stocks only and not on conventional stocks.The results carry important policy implications for the investors and policymakers.
    Keywords: global oil and stock markets, ARDL, NARDL, causality
    JEL: C22 C58 G15
    Date: 2018–12–30
  3. By: Khasandy, Elleriz Aisha; Badrudin, Rudy
    Abstract: Indonesia as a one of the most significant Muslim population in the world has developed zakat rapidly; it is shown by the development of the zakat regulation and establishes of Badan Amil Zakat Nasional (BAZNAS). Zakat has many benefit for economic both of macro and micro aspect, such as foster inclusive economic growth. The objective of this study are 1) to examine the influence of zakat on economic growth and welfare society which uses 3 (three) indicators i.e.HDI, Percentage of Poor People, and GINI Index and 2) to investigate whether items of Theory Planned Behavior influence of zakat payment. The researcher used Structural Equation Model (SEM) with PLS software. The result showed that zakat in Indonesia does not influence economic growth and welfare society. Besides that, welfare society Indonesia as a developing country has a negative value to HDI and GINI index but has a positive value to Percentage of Poor People.
    Keywords: zakat; growth; welfare; planned behavior
    JEL: D53 O47
    Date: 2019–01–05
  4. By: Kohnert, Dirk
    Abstract: Backed by peaceful but undemocratic presidential (2010, 2015) and legislative (2013) elections the Gnassingbé regime consolidated its power. In view of the absolute majority of the ruling party, its inclination for meaningful constitutional and electoral reforms, as demanded by the opposition and international donors, was further reduced. Overriding concerns for stability in West Africa in view of growing Islamist threats in neighbouring countries made that the delayed democratic reforms, including the time and again reported local elections, were condoned by the donor community. However, simmering discontent of the hardliners among the security forces and the barons of the ruling party was still visible. The opposition tried in vain to overcome its divide between its moderate and radical wing. An alliance of opposition parties and civic groups opposed the regime peacefully by frequent, often violently suppressed demonstrations with little effect. Arson attacks on the markets of Lomè and Kara in January 2013 served as pretense to harass opposition leaders. Human rights records of the government remained tarnished. The tense political climate persisted in view of the upcoming presidential elections in April 2015 and the apparent determination of the President to stay in power a third and eventually even a fourth term whatever the cost. Despite undeniable improvements of the framework and outside appearance of major institutions of the regime during the survey period it remained a façade democracy. However, the international community, notably African peers, the AU and ECOWAS, but also the Bretton-Woods Institutions, China and the EU, followed a ‘laissez faire’ approach in the interest of stability and their proper national interest in dealings with the country. Economic growth perspectives remained promising, expected to increase to 6.0% in 2014 and 6.3% in 2015, last but not least because of heavy assistance by the international donor community. However, growth is neither sustainable nor inclusive. It is overshadowed by increasing inter-personal and regional inequality as well as an upturn in extreme poverty.
    Keywords: democratization, governance, fragile states, political and socio-economic development, development co-operation, EU, Togo, West Africa, ECOWAS
    JEL: A14 F35 N97 O17 O55 Z13
    Date: 2019–01–17

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