EXTERNAL DEBT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN GHANA: A CO-INTEGRATION AND VECTOR ERROR CORRECTION ANALYSIS
This paper employed a co-integration analysis and an error correction methodology to examine the impact of external debt on economic growth in Ghana using annual time series for the period 1970-2017. We found that external debt inflows spur growth in Ghana both in the long-run and short-run. Secondly, our study also confirmed the crowding out effect and the non-linear effect of external debt in the long run and short-run. However, Debt overhang was only confirmed in the short-run.
We advocate for a judicious allocation of the debt resources so that the cost of servicing the debt will not outweigh the benefit of the borrowed funds.
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