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Banking Competition and Macroeconomic Performance

  • Smith, R Todd

This paper uses an equilibrium model to study the costs, in terms of macroeconomic performance, of imperfect competition in banking. The social welfare effects of increased bank competition are complicated and ambiguous in general, but measuring the consequences of increased bank competition with standard gauges of macroeconomic performance provides a clear conclusion: increased bank competition raises the level of income and reduces the severity of business cycles. The quantitative effect on macroeconomic performance of less competition in banking can be large; for instance, an imperfectly competitive banking system can produce a worse macroeconomic outcome than if the economy had no banks.

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Article provided by Blackwell Publishing in its journal Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

Volume (Year): 30 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 793-815

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Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:30:y:1998:i:4:p:793-815
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