Banks, Quantitative Easing, Central Banks and Policies, Monetary Systems, Financial Markets, Macroeconomy
The study examined the impact of the Central bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) balance sheet on the growth of private sector credit, economic growth and price stability during the period 2006-2017. Balance sheet indicators used were total assets of the CBN and proxy for asset distribution. Employing a vector autoregressive (VAR) model, the study found balance sheet policies to be effective in reducing cost of credit, increase in bank lending, economic activities and a decline in inflation. However, the effects favour asset dispersion (credit easing) against growth in assets (quantitative easing), implying that the Bank can, in the short- to medium-term, sustain its intervention programmes on the economy, but that the programmes, are more effective when the CBN acts as a banker’s bank.