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Assessing Bank Competition within the East African Community

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  • Sarah Sanya
  • Matthew Gaertner
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    This paper is an empirical analysis of competitiveness in the banking system of four out of the five East African Community (EAC) countries2. The results show that the degree of competition is low due to a combination of structural and socio-economic factors. By way of preview, the analysis ranks the countries in terms of banking sector competitiveness in the following order: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/32.

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    Length: 25
    Date of creation: 01 Jan 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/32

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    Keywords: Banking; Financial sector; Banking systems; Markets; competition; banking system; banking sector; monopoly; degree of competition; bank competition; return on assets; bank size; monopolistic competition; regulatory barriers; determinants of competition; perfect competition; degree of market power; concentration ratio; regulatory barriers to entry; bank behavior; bank regulation; banking system assets; segmentation; competition policies; concentration ratios; bank profitability; monopoly power; bank performance; bank lending; national bank; capital adequacy; lower concentration; banking activities; return on equity; bank of tanzania; banking markets; banking industry; bank branches; bank charges; banking sectors; bank account; excess liquidity; state intervention; bank liquidity; barrier to entry; bank risk; deposit guarantee; capital adequacy ratio; market concentration; bank activities; banks ? loan; competitive equilibrium; transmission of monetary policy; bank credit; bank license; bank spreads; banking sector reforms; bank regulations;

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    1. Klaus Schaeck & Martin Cihak & Simon Wolfe, 2009. "Are Competitive Banking Systems More Stable?," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 41(4), pages 711-734, 06.
    2. Poghosyan, Tigran, 2010. "Re-examining the impact of foreign bank participation on interest margins in emerging markets," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 11(4), pages 390-403, December.
    3. Beck, Thorsten & Hesse, Heiko, 2009. "Why are interest spreads so high in Uganda?," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 88(2), pages 192-204, March.
    4. Tarron Khemraj, 2007. "What does excess bank liquidity say about the loan market in Less Developed Countries?," Working Papers 60, United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs.
    5. Turk Ariss, Rima, 2010. "On the implications of market power in banking: Evidence from developing countries," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 765-775, April.
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    1. Laetitia Lepetit & Clovis Rugemintwari & Frank Strobel, 2012. "Monetary, Financial and Fiscal Stability in the East African Community: Ready for a Monetary Union?," Working Papers hal-00916699, HAL.

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