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Has antitrust policy in banking become obsolete?


  • Katerina Simons
  • Joanna Stavins


The authors analyze the effect of bank mergers on deposit interest rates, using data on banks responding to the Federal Reserve's Monthly Survey of Selected Deposits over an 11-year period. Their results suggest that banks exercise market power in pricing money market deposits and CD's in their local markets.

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  • Katerina Simons & Joanna Stavins, 1998. "Has antitrust policy in banking become obsolete?," New England Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, issue Mar, pages 13-26.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedbne:y:1998:i:mar:p:13-26

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