Determinants of Banking Sector Profitability in Zimbabwe

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  • Sanderson Abel Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Pierre Le Roux Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Summerstrand Port Elizabeth

Abstract

The study sought to establish the determinants of banking sector profitability in Zimbabwe during the period 2009-2014. The study specifically looked at the evolution and determinants of banking sector profitability after Zimbabwe adopted a multicurrency system. Employing the fixed effects panel regression models the study shows that banking sector profitability in Zimbabwe is driven by the quality of decisions made by bank management with regard to liquidity risk, credit risk, asset composition and management, expense management and capital size. The results implies that profitability of the Zimbabwean banking sector can be improved by increasing the quality of the assets, improving expense management, improving liquidity and capital levels. The study confirms that bank managers have a significant role in shaping the profitability of the sector.

Keywords:  Banking Profitability, External Determinants, Internal Determinants, Fixed Effects, Generalized Methods of Moments

JEL Classifications: C23; G21; L25

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Author Biographies

Sanderson Abel, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

PhD Candidate - Nelson Mandela University 

Pierre Le Roux, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Summerstrand Port Elizabeth

Department of Economics, Proffessor

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Published

2016-07-23

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Abel, S., & Le Roux, P. (2016). Determinants of Banking Sector Profitability in Zimbabwe. International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, 6(3), 845–854. Retrieved from https://www.econjournals.com/index.php/ijefi/article/view/2088

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