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The Future of Large, Internationally Active Banks: Does Scale Define the Winners?

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  • Loretta J. Mester

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The following sections are included:IntroductionWhat are Scale Economies?Why are Scale Economies so Hard to Detect in Banking?How Can the Cost Elasticity be Estimated While Accounting for the Investment Strategy?Do Big Banks Have Lower Average Operating Costs?Does Endogenous Risk-Taking Obscure Scale-Related, Improved Diversification?Do Big Banks Experience Overall Scale Economies?Are the Scale Economies Found for the Largest Financial Institutions Generated by a More Efficient Production Technology or by Cost-of-Funds Subsidies Because of Being Perceived as Too Big to Fail?How Would Restrictions on the Size of the Largest Financial Institutions Affect their Global Competitiveness?ConclusionsReferences

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  • Joseph P. Hughes & Loretta J. Mester, 2016. "The Future of Large, Internationally Active Banks: Does Scale Define the Winners?," World Scientific Book Chapters, in: Asli Demirgüç-Kunt & Douglas D Evanoff & George G Kaufman (ed.), The Future of Large, Internationally Active Banks, chapter 6, pages 77-96, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
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    Money and Banking; International Banking; Financial Instititions; Banks; Regulations; Compliance;
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    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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