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Does Banking System Transparency Enhance Bank Competition? Cross-Country Evidence

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  • I. Andrievskaya
  • M. Semenova.

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There seems to be a consensus among regulators and scholars that in order to improve the functioning of a banking system and to stimulate bank competition, it is necessary to raise the level of bank information transparency. To test the hypothesis that greater bank information disclosure is associated with lower market power and lower concentration in the banking system, we use country-level data covering 213 countries all over the world. The period under consideration includes the years 2001, 2005 and 2010, which correspond to the years of the World Bank’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Survey rounds. Our findings do not always support the conventional wisdom: countries with higher levels of transparency have lower levels of bank concentration, while the link between transparency and competition is less pronounced. Moreover, the effect from information disclosure declines with an increase of bank risks.

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  • I. Andrievskaya & M. Semenova., 2014. "Does Banking System Transparency Enhance Bank Competition? Cross-Country Evidence," VOPROSY ECONOMIKI, N.P. Redaktsiya zhurnala "Voprosy Economiki", vol. 9.
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