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Competition and Efficiency in the Czech Banking Sector

In: CNB Financial Stability Report 2007



This article offers empirical evidence on the evolution of competition in the banking sector and its relationship to the cost efficiency of banks in the Czech Republic between 1994 and 2005. First, we measured the level and evolution of competition and cost efficiency. Competition was measured with the Lerner index on the loan market, using quarterly data on loan prices. Then we investigated the relationship and causality between competition and efficiency using the Granger-causality test. This supported a negative causality running from competition to efficiency (the "banking specificities" hypothesis). By contrast, our results reject the "quiet life" hypothesis for the Czech banking sector, according to which competition should positively influence efficiency.

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  • Anca Podpiera, 2008. "Competition and Efficiency in the Czech Banking Sector," Occasional Publications - Chapters in Edited Volumes,in: CNB Financial Stability Report 2007, chapter 0, pages 86-93 Czech National Bank, Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:cnb:ocpubc:fsr07/3

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