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Optimal capacity in the banking sector and economic growth

  • Bruno Amable

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    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS : UMR8174 - Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne)

  • Jean-Bernard Chatelain

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    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS : UMR8174 - Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne)

  • Olivier De Bandt

    (Centre de recherche de la Banque de France - Banque de France)

The paper investigates, from the welfare and growth point of view, the determination of the optimal capacity of the banking system. For that purpose, we consider an overlapping generation model with endogenous growth. There is horizontal differentiation and imperfect competition in the banking sector. Macro-economic shocks affect the return on capital and, together with the expectations of depositors, condition the stability of the banking sector. We specify to what extent deposit insurance may reduce instability and increase the number of deposits, welfare and growth. We also characterise the conditions under which excess banking capacities may appear and how their reduction may improve welfare.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Publication status: Published, Journal of Banking and Finance, 2002, 26, 2-3, 491-517
Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00112535
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