Economic and Financial Review


Central Bank of Nigeria


Bank Lending, Output Growth, Monetary Policy, Nigeria


Preliminary findings from the empirical analysis show that the banking sector has not supported real sector output growth in its lending policy. The combined effects of risk aversion and infrastructural problem in the real sector represent serious constraints on credit flow to the private sector and the sectors declining marginal product of capital. Overall, while the banking sector has indeed, succeeded in deposit mobilization, it has nevertheless, not done a good job in its intermediation functions. The analysis further reveals the presence of policy distortions in the system, and its negative influence on banks' lending behavior. The need to address these distortions cannot be overemphasized if banks are to resume their traditional role of economic development in Nigeria.

Author Bio

Joseph O. Nnanna is a staff of the Research Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Publication Title

CBN Economic and Financial Review





Recommended Citation

Nnanna, Joseph O. (2001). Bank Lending Behaviour and Output Growth: An Empirical Analysis with Implication for Monetary Policy Formulation in Nigeria. CBN Economic and Financial Review. 40(3), 1-15.



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