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A reassessment of market power among credit card banks

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  • Sherrill Shaffer
  • Lorein Thomas

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An improved empirical specification of credit card conduct agrees with several prior studies in rejecting perfectly competitive equilibrium, indicates structural disequilibrium in the industry and is consistent with monopolistic competition. Measures of liquidity management costs, omitted from prior studies, are shown to be important factors in a properly specified model of pricing conduct in credit card lending.

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  • Sherrill Shaffer & Lorein Thomas, 2007. "A reassessment of market power among credit card banks," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(9), pages 755-767.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:17:y:2007:i:9:p:755-767
    DOI: 10.1080/09603100600771042
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    1. G. Gulsun Akin & Ahmet Faruk Aysan & Gazi Ishak Kara & Levent Yildiran, 2010. "The Failure of Price Competition in the Turkish Credit Card Market," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(0), pages 23-35, May.
    2. Akin, Guzin Gulsun & Aysan, Ahmet Faruk & Borici, Denada & Yildiran, Levent, 2013. "Regulate one service, tame the entire market: Credit cards in Turkey," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(4), pages 1195-1204.
    3. G. Gulsun Akin & Ahmet Faruk Aysan & Denada Bori├ži & Levent Yildiran, 2011. "The Role of Simultaneous Regulations of Credit Services and Payment Services on Competition," Working Papers 604, Economic Research Forum, revised 08 Jan 2011.

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