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Out of many, dominance by a few? Market power in the Jamaican banking sector

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  • Daley, Jenifer
  • Matthews, Kent

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    (Cardiff Business School)

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This paper presents an empirical assessment of the degree of competition within the Jamaican banking sector during the period 1998 to 2007. The popular H-statistic by Panzar and Rosse is utilised to estimate market power among the sample of banks. Using usual statistical tests, we are unable to reject monopoly/perfect collusion for the banking market in Jamaica. This contrasts with earlier findings using alternative estimators. Therefore, the use of a dynamic reformulation of the model with a dynamic estimator highlights some collusive behaviour among banks.

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Paper provided by Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section in its series Cardiff Economics Working Papers with number E2009/28.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2009
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Handle: RePEc:cdf:wpaper:2009/28

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Keywords: Competition; banking; Rosse-Panzar H -statistic; Dynamic panel estimation; Jamaica;

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