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The consolidation of the financial services industry: causes, consequences, and the implications for the future

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  • Allen N. Berger
  • Rebecca Demsetz
  • Philip E. Strahan

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This article designs a framework for evaluating the causes, consequences, and future implications of financial services industry consolidation, reviews the extant research literature within the context of this framework (over 250 references), and suggests fruitful avenues for future research. The evidence is consistent with increases in market power from some types of consolidation; improvements in profit efficiency and diversification of risks, but little or no cost efficiency improvements on average; relatively little effect on the availability of services to small customers; potential improvements in payments system efficiency; and potential costs on the financial system from increasing systemic risk or expanding the financial safety net.

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  • Allen N. Berger & Rebecca Demsetz & Philip E. Strahan, 1998. "The consolidation of the financial services industry: causes, consequences, and the implications for the future," Staff Reports 55, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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    1. Calcagnini,G. & Bonis,R. de & Hester,D.D., 1999. "Determinants of bank branche expension in Italy," Working papers 32, Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems.
    2. Hans Gersbach & Harald Uhlig, 2007. "On the Coexistence of Banks and Markets," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 109(2), pages 225-243, June.
    3. Mohanty, Sunil K. & Lin, Winston T. & Lin, Hong-Jen, 2013. "Measuring cost efficiency in presence of heteroskedasticity: The case of the banking industry in Taiwan," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 77-90.
    4. Evan Kraft & Hrvoje Dolenec & Mladen Duliba & Michael Faulend & Tomislav Galac & Vedran Šošić & Mladen Mirko Tepuš, 2000. "The Lending Policies of Croatian Banks: Results of the Second CNB Bank Interview Project," Surveys 3, The Croatian National Bank, Croatia.
    5. Walter, Ingo, 2002. "Strategies in Financial Services, the Shareholders and the System Is Bigger and Broader Better?," Discussion Paper Series 26341, Hamburg Institute of International Economics.

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    Consolidation and merger of corporations ; Bank mergers ; Financial services industry;

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