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The Elusive Scale Economies of the Largest Banks and Their Implications for Global Competitiveness

In: The Role of Central Banks in Financial Stability How Has It Changed?

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The following sections are included:IntroductionEvidence of Scale Economies at the Largest Financial InstitutionsHow are Economies of Scale Typically Measured and Why Do They Elude Many Investigations?How are Scale Economies Measured While Accounting for Endogenous Risk-Taking?Do Too-Big-to-Fail Subsidies Account for the Estimated Scale Economies at the Largest Institutions?What are the Implications of the Estimated Scale Economies at the Largest Institutions for Restricting Their Scale and for Their International Competitiveness?ConclusionsReferences

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  • Joseph P. Hughes, 2013. "The Elusive Scale Economies of the Largest Banks and Their Implications for Global Competitiveness," World Scientific Book Chapters, in: Douglas D Evanoff & Cornelia Holthausen & George G Kaufman & Manfred Kremer (ed.), The Role of Central Banks in Financial Stability How Has It Changed?, chapter 17, pages 327-345, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
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    1. Hughes, Joseph P. & Mester, Loretta J. & Moon, Choon-Geol, 2001. "Are scale economies in banking elusive or illusive?: Evidence obtained by incorporating capital structure and risk-taking into models of bank production," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 25(12), pages 2169-2208, December.
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    8. Joseph P. Hughes & Loretta J. Mester, 1998. "Bank Capitalization And Cost: Evidence Of Scale Economies In Risk Management And Signaling," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 80(2), pages 314-325, May.
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    • D20 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - General
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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