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Increasing concentration in european banking: a macro-level analysis

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  • D. Jansen
  • J. de Haan

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The recent wave of mergers and acquisitions in the European banking sector has raised concerns that bank profitability will rise because of less competitive market conditions. This paper analyses the relationship between concentration, competitiveness, efficiency and profitability in the European banking markets by using panel regressions. Estimates from various recent studies on competition and efficiency in national banking sectors are related to concentration and profitability indicators for these sectors. Our results do not suggest the existence of any connection at the macro-level between concentration and competition. There is also no robust relationship between concentration and profitability.

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department in its series WO Research Memoranda (discontinued) with number 743.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2003
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Handle: RePEc:dnb:wormem:743

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Keywords: banking; concentration; competition; market structure;

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  3. Cândida Ferreira, 2009. "The European Credit Market and Institutions," Working Papers Department of Economics 2009/26, ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon.
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  6. Cândida Ferreira, 2009. "European Integration and the Credit Channel Transmission of Monetary Policy," Working Papers Department of Economics 2009/07, ISEG - School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, University of Lisbon.

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