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Does competition influence bank failures?

  • Zuzana Fungáčová
  • Laurent Weill

There has been a notable debate in the banking literature on the impact of bank competition on financial stability. While the dominant view sees a detrimental impact of competition on the stability of banks, this view has recently been challenged by Boyd and De Nicolo (2005) who see the reverse effect. The aim of this paper is to contribute to this literature by providing the first empirical investigation of the role of bank competition on the occurrence of bank failures. We analyze this issue based on a large sample of Russian banks over the period 2001-2007 and in line with the previous literature we employ the Lerner index as the metric of bank competition. Our findings clearly support the view that tighter bank competition enhances the occurrence of bank failures. The normative implication of our findings is therefore that measures that increase bank competition could undermine financial stability.

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Article provided by The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in its journal Economics of Transition.

Volume (Year): 21 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 301-322

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Handle: RePEc:bla:etrans:v:21:y:2013:i:2:p:301-322
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