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Bank Concentration: Chile and International Comparisons


  • Levine, R.


Is banking sector concentration associated with negative outcomes internationally? This paper finds that the answer is "no." Greater bank concentration is not strongly associated with negative outcomes in terms of financial sector development, industrial competition, political and legal system integrity, economic growth or banking sector fragility. The paper also shows that (1) Chile does not standout as having a particularly concentrated banking system, and (2) Chilean bank concentration has changed remarkably little over the last 16 year.

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  • Levine, R., 2000. "Bank Concentration: Chile and International Comparisons," Papers 62, Cambridge - Risk, Information & Quantity Signals.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:cambri:62

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    1. Beck, Thorsten & Demirguc-Kunt, Asli & Levine, Ross, 1999. "A new database on financial development and structure," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2146, The World Bank.
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    1. Fabián Duarte & Andrea Repetto & Rodrigo O. Valdés, 2005. "The Effects on Firm Borrowing Costs of Bank M&As," Documentos de Trabajo 206, Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile.
    2. Viviana Fernández, 2004. "The Credit Channel in an Emerging Economy," Documentos de Trabajo 175, Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile.
    3. Espino, Freddy & Carrera, César, 2006. "Concentración bancaria y margen de las tasas de interés en Perú," Revista Estudios Económicos, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú, issue 13.
    4. Pablo Alonso González & Irene Albarrán Lozano & Andrea Giuliodori Khalil, 2006. "El Impacto del descenso en los Tipos de Interés sobre el margen financiero de las Cajas de Ahorros españolas," Revista de Economía y Estadística, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Instituto de Economía y Finanzas, vol. 0(1), pages 98-136, January.
    5. Andrea Repetto & Sergio Rodríguez & Rodrigo O. Valdés, 2002. "Bank Lending and Relationship Banking: Evidence from Chilean Firms," Documentos de Trabajo 146, Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile.
    6. Carlos Budnevich & Helmut Franken & Ricardo Paredes, 2001. "Economías de Escala y Economías de Ámbito en el Sistema Bancario Chileno," Working Papers Central Bank of Chile 93, Central Bank of Chile.
    7. Makler, Harry M. & Ness, Walter Jr., 2002. "How financial intermediation challenges national sovereignty in emerging markets," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 42(5), pages 827-851.
    8. Alvaro García M. & Andrea Repetto L. & Sergio Rodríguez E. & Rodrigo Valdés P., 2003. "Concentración, Hold-up e Información de las Colocaciones Bancarias: Evidencia de Empresas Chilenas," Journal Economía Chilena (The Chilean Economy), Central Bank of Chile, vol. 6(3), pages 27-44, December.

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    JEL classification:

    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages


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