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An Assessment of Competition in the Argentine Banking Sector: Empirical Evidence with Data at Bank Level

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  • Gustavo Hector González Padilla

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The profit-maximizing and oligopoly bank model developed by Bresnahan and Lau allows determining the degree of market power held by an average bank. The equilibrium price equation includes a mark up, which is not used in the case of perfect competition but which is partially used in the case of oligopoly or monopolistic competition, and it is fully used in the case of monopoly. This paper explores the degree of competition in the credit market of Argentina in the period 2002-2007. The hypothesis of perfect competition in the loan market can be rejected.

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  • Gustavo Hector González Padilla, 2010. "An Assessment of Competition in the Argentine Banking Sector: Empirical Evidence with Data at Bank Level," BCRA Working Paper Series 201049, Central Bank of Argentina, Economic Research Department.
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    Keywords

    Argentina; banks; Cournot equilibrium; market power; loan markets; oligopoly; perfect competition;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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