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Estimating the intensity of price and non-price competition in banking: an application to the Spanish case

  • Carbó Valverde Santiago



  • Fernández de Guevara Radoselovics Juan


    (University of Valencia; Ivie)

  • Humphrey David



  • Maudos Villarroya Joaquín



We model bank oligopoly behaviour using price and non-price competition as strategic variables in an expanded conjectural variations framework. Rivals can respond to changes in both loan and deposit market prices as well as (non-price) branch market shares. The model is illustrated using data for Spain which, over 1986-2002, eliminated interest rate and branching restrictions and set off a competitive race to lock in expanded market shares. Banks use both interest rates and branches as strategic variables and both have changed over time. We illustrate the results using a regional vs. a national specification for the relevant markets.

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Paper provided by Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation in its series Working Papers with number 201023.

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Date of creation: Apr 2005
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Handle: RePEc:fbb:wpaper:201023
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