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Measuring the Level of Competition in the Argentine Banking Industry

  • Marcelo Dabos

    (Department of Economics, Universidad de San Andres)

  • Daniel Aromi

    (Department of Economics, Universidad de San Andres)

Loan rates in Argentina are high. The objective of this work is to test if market power is one of the causes of these levels of interest rates and to measure its effects. For that purpose we work with data of the period 1994-1999. The tests indicate that there is market power in the peso operation sector and perfect competition can not be rejected in the dollar operation sector. We also find that there was no significant change in our measure of market power during the years we have analyzed.

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Paper provided by Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia in its series Working Papers with number 34.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: May 2001
Date of revision: May 2001
Handle: RePEc:sad:wpaper:34
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  1. Alli Nathan & Edwin H. Neave, 1989. "Competition and Contestability in Canada's Financial System: Empirical Results," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 22(3), pages 576-94, August.
  2. Gilbert, R Alton, 1984. "Bank Market Structure and Competition: A Survey," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 16(4), pages 617-44, November.
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  6. Marcelo Dabos, 1996. "Crisis Bancaria y Medicion de Riesgo de Default. Metodos y el Caso de los Bancos Cooperativos en Argentina," Working Papers 12, Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia, revised Jul 1996.
  7. Shaffer, Sherrill, 1989. "Competition in the U.S. banking industry," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 321-323.
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