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The competition and market structure in the Saudi Arabia banking


  • Saeed Al-Muharrami


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is twofold: to investigate the market structure of Saudi Arabia banking industry; and to evaluate the monopoly power of banks during the years 1993-2006. Design/methodology/approach - The paper is examining the market structure using the most frequently applied measures of concentration Findings - The results show that Saudi Arabia has a moderately concentrated market and is moving to a less concentrated position. Both the concentration indices indicate that the country is moving toward a better position in terms of the market concentration. The Panzar and Rosse “ Research limitations/implications - These findings may be a temporary effect, evident during the sampled period only. To draw firmer conclusions a longer sample period is needed. Originality/value - Studies of banking market structure in the developed economies' banking are commonplace, however, very few studies are conducted for Saudi Arabia's banking industry.

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  • Saeed Al-Muharrami, 2009. "The competition and market structure in the Saudi Arabia banking," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 36(5), pages 446-460, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:jespps:v:36:y:2009:i:5:p:446-460

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    4. Ronald Kumar & Arvind Patel, 2014. "Exploring competitiveness in banking sector of a small island economy: a study of Fiji," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 48(6), pages 3169-3183, November.
    5. Mohammad Abdelkarim Almumani, 2013. "The Relative Efficiency of Saudi Banks: Data Envelopment Analysis Models," International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, vol. 3(3), pages 152-161, July.


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