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A Statistical Analysis of Banking Performance in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union in the 1990s


  • Mr. V. Hugo Juan-Ramon
  • Mrs. Ruby Randall
  • Mr. Oral Williams


Private foreign banks dominate the banking system although their market share declined in the 1990s while that of private indigenous banks increased. The banking system was not concentrated either within or across countries. Stigler’s survivor test indicated that large banks tended to reduce their scale over time. Private foreign and private indigenous banks exhibited similar distributions with respect to operating expenses but private foreign banks were most profitable. High interest rate spreads appeared attributable to higher average costs related to market size and geographic peculiarities.

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  • Mr. V. Hugo Juan-Ramon & Mrs. Ruby Randall & Mr. Oral Williams, 2001. "A Statistical Analysis of Banking Performance in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union in the 1990s," IMF Working Papers 2001/105, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:2001/105

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    2. Anurag Sharma, 2008. "Incomplete reform or opportunity: the role of the banking sector in the credit transmission mechanism in India," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 11(4), pages 273-288.


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