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Issues in Business Management and Economics
Vol.4 (3), pp. 33-40, May 2016
ISSN 2350-157X
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IBME/
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.15739/IBME.16.005
Article ID /BM/15/064/08 pages
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Original Research Article

Determinants of interest rate spread in Rwanda: Empirical evidence

Thomas Kigabo Rusuhuzwa*1,2, Mathias Karangwa3 and Christian Nyalihama4

1National Bank of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda.
2College of Business and Economics, University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda.
3Modeling and Forecasting Division, National Bank of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda.
4Economic Statistics Division, National Bank of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda.

*Corresponding Author Email: thkigabo@yahoo.fr



date Received: September 13, 2015     date Accepted: November 11, 2015     date Published: May 9, 2016


 Abstract

This paper examines the determinants of interest rate spread in Rwanda by using Arellano-Bond dynamic panel data Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) estimation. The study shows that credit risks, operating cost and inflation positively influence interest rate spread in Rwanda, though the effect of the latter is quite small. Panel data fixed effects and random effect estimation also confirmed these results. The findings above imply that banks need to adopt consolidation and cost minimization strategies alongside strengthening of their credit management mechanisms to help reduce credit risk.


Key words: Credit risk, economic efficiency, financial system, interest rate, macroeconomics


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