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Dynamic branching and interest rate competition of commercial banks: Evidence from Hungary

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I supplement previous models of bank competition by incorporating the endogenous branching choices of commercial banks. I apply a dynamic structural model of banks' branching and interest rate choices to a unique bank-level dataset on Hungarian commercial banks during 2004–2007. I find that banks charge a premium in interest rates for relative branch network dominance, and banks with relatively smaller networks are less likely to close branches. I present significant and robust estimates of branch setup costs and scrap values, and discuss the potential use of branching restrictions as regulatory tools to alter lending rates and consumer surplus.

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  • Temesvary, Judit, 2015. "Dynamic branching and interest rate competition of commercial banks: Evidence from Hungary," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 98-110.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:indorg:v:43:y:2015:i:c:p:98-110
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijindorg.2015.09.003
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    Keywords

    Dynamic analysis; Endogenous branching; Spatial competition; Interest rate choices; Structural estimation;

    JEL classification:

    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables
    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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