The Price-Concentration Relationship in Banking
The commonly observed positive correlation between market concentration and profitability may be explained by noncompetitive pricing behavior, as argued by the structure-performance hypothesis, or by the greater efficiency of firms with dominant market shares, as argued by the efficient-structure hypothesis. By examining the price-concentration relationship instead of the profit-concentration relationship, this paper tests the structure-performance hypothesis in a manner that excludes the efficient-structure hypothesis as an alternative explanation of the results. The results strongly support the structure-performance hypothesis and are robust with respect to model specification, measurement of concentration, and econometric technique. Copyright 1989 by MIT Press.
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Volume (Year): 71 (1989)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
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