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Do Brazilian Banks Compete?

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  • Agnes Belaisch
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    More developed financial systems are associated with higher investment and better economic performance. This paper discusses possible factors that may inhibit a deepening of bank intermediation and more efficient banking in Brazil, two aspects that are found to be significantly different than in leading banking systems in other parts of the world. Using panel data, it finds positive evidence of the presence of a noncompetitive market structure in the Brazilian banking system, a factor that could explain why intermediation may be relatively low and costly. When banks behave like local monopolies or oligopolies, incentives to improve efficiency are weak and the interest rate spread is large, discouraging higher lending volumes.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 03/113.

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    Length: 22
    Date of creation: 01 Jun 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:03/113

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    Keywords: Financial intermediation; Interest rates; Emerging markets; Banks; banking; banking system; market structure; bank intermediation; foreign banks; foreign participation; banking sector; banking services; banking systems; bank data; bank credit; bank assets; bank loans; banking crisis; financial institutions; banking system assets; bank of japan; bank balance sheets; competitive conditions; domestic banks; return on equity; monopolistic market; bank deposits; bank customers; bank balance sheet; bank of international settlements; return on assets; banks balance sheets; bank policy; foreign bank; banks ? assets; banking structures; accounting practice; banking supervision;

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