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Concentration and Price Rigidity: Evidence for the Deposit Market in Chile

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  • Solange Berstein
  • Rodrigo Fuentes

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The effects of monetary policy depend significantly on the capacity of the Central Bank to affect market interest rates by managing liquidity. Therefore, it comes out as an important issue to determine the degree of flexibility of lending and deposit rates to changes in policy rates. In this sense, there is a vast literature that explores sluggishness on bank interest rates. In terms of deposit interest rates a larger rigidity has been associated to higher levels of concentration on the banking industry. Besides, the market discipline hypothesis would imply differences on the response of banks’ deposit rates according to their characteristics. This paper analyzes deposit interest rate sluggishness for the Chilean banking industry and its relation with market concentration and bank characteristics. The results support the fact that higher concentration imply more rigidity and that bank characteristics such as solvency, size and loan risk would also make a difference in the speed of adjustment.

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Paper provided by Central Bank of Chile in its series Working Papers Central Bank of Chile with number 311.

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  1. Georgios E. Chortareas & Claudia Girardone & Jesus Gustavo Garza-Garcia, 2010. "Banking Sector Performance in Some Latin American Countries: Market Power versus Efficiency," Working Papers 2010-20, Banco de México.
  2. Karlo Kauko, 2005. "Bank interest rates in a small European economy: Some exploratory macro level analyses using Finnish data," Finance 0508020, EconWPA.
  3. J. Rodrigo Fuentes & Verónica Mies, 2007. "Changes in Monetary Policy Conduct and Their Effects on Banking Spreads," Working Papers Central Bank of Chile 428, Central Bank of Chile.
  4. Carlos Andrés Amaya G., 2005. "Interest Rate Setting And The Colombian Monetary Transmission Mechanism," BORRADORES DE ECONOMIA 002910, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA.

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