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Bank Competition in the Middle East and Northern Africa Region

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  • Anzoategui Diego

    (World Bank)

  • Martinez Peria Maria S.

    (World Bank)

  • Rocha Roberto R

    (World Bank)

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This paper studies the extent of bank competition in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region during 1994-2008, using non-structural measures of competition such as the H-statistic and the Lerner index. Both these measures suggest that banking sector competition in MENA is lower relative to other regions and has not improved in recent years. An analysis of the determinants of competition across countries suggests that lower levels of competition in MENA are explained by a worse credit information environment and lower market contestability.

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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Review of Middle East Economics and Finance.

Volume (Year): 6 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 26-48

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Handle: RePEc:bpj:rmeecf:v:6:y:2010:i:2:n:2

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  1. Piotr Kozarzewski & Richard Woodward & Mehdi Safavi, 2012. "Background Report on Private Sector Development in Latin America, the Post-Communist Countries of Europe and Asia, the Middle East and North Africa," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 434, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  2. Marek Dabrowski & Luc DeWulf, 2013. "Economic Development, Trade and Investment in the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean Region," CASE Network Reports 0111, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  3. Ömer Ýskenderoglu & Serpil Tomak, 2013. "Competition and Stability: An Analysis of the Turkish Banking System," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 3(3), pages 752-762.
  4. Maghyereh, Aktham I. & Awartani, Basel, 2012. "Financial integration of GCC banking markets: A non-parametric bootstrap DEA estimation approach," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 26(2), pages 181-195.
  5. Love, Inessa & Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez, 2012. "How bank competition affects firms'access to finance," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6163, The World Bank.
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  7. Adolfo Barajas & Ralph Chami & Reza Yousefi, 2013. "The Finance and Growth Nexus Re-Examined," IMF Working Papers 13/130, International Monetary Fund.
  8. Anthony M. Simpasa, 2013. "Working Paper 168 - Competition and Market Structure in the Zambian Banking Sector," Working Paper Series 447, African Development Bank.
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  11. Jean-Daniel Guigou & Regis Blazy & Afef Boughanmi & Bruno Defffains, 2011. "Corporate Governance and Financial Development: A Study of the French Case," CREA Discussion Paper Series 11-11, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.

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