Does Islamic banking increase the liquidity of stocks? An application to the Kingdom of Bahrain

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This paper explores liquidity effects following the merger and acquisition between Al Salam Bank Bahrain and a conventional bank post the financial crises. We find evidence of a sustained increase in the liquidity of the stocks as a result of the change from conventional to Islamic banking. The empirical findings are consistent with the information cost/liquidity hypothesis, which states that investors demand a lower premium for holding stocks with relatively more available information. Our results suggest that Islamic banking stimulates trading and growth of the financial sector following financial turmoil.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-138
JournalJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money
Early online date11 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


  • Islamic banking, Liquidity, Financial crises, Mergers and acquisitions