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Banking concentration and the price-concentration relationship: the case of Brazil

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  • Benjamin Miranda Tabak
  • Solange Maria Guerra
  • Rodrigo Andres De Souza Penaloza

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In this paper, we present a new measure of concentration that employs duality theory and a study on the evolution of banking concentration in the Brazilian banking system. We present evidence suggesting that this new measure of concentration is more informative than the usual Hirschman-Herfindahl Index (HHI), which is commonly employed in concentration studies. Finally, we study the relation between the banking structure (level of concentration) and price using a panel data model, macroeconomic and risk variables being controlled. There is no evidence that banking concentration leads to uncompetitive practices.

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  • Benjamin Miranda Tabak & Solange Maria Guerra & Rodrigo Andres De Souza Penaloza, 2009. "Banking concentration and the price-concentration relationship: the case of Brazil," International Journal of Accounting and Finance, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(4), pages 415-435.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:intjaf:v:1:y:2009:i:4:p:415-435
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    1. Benjamin M. Tabak & Dimas M. Fazio & Daniel O. Cajueiro, 2011. "Profit, Cost and Scale Efficiency for Latin American Banks: Concentration-Performance Relationship," Working Papers Series 244, Central Bank of Brazil, Research Department.
    2. Tabak, Benjamin M. & Fazio, Dimas M. & Cajueiro, Daniel O., 2013. "Systemically important banks and financial stability: The case of Latin America," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(10), pages 3855-3866.

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