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Measuring the Level of Competition in the Argentine Banking Industry

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  • Marcelo Dabos

    (Department of Economics, Universidad de San Andres)

  • Daniel Aromi

    (Department of Economics, Universidad de San Andres)

Abstract

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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  • Marcelo Dabos & Daniel Aromi, 2001. "Measuring the Level of Competition in the Argentine Banking Industry," Working Papers 34, Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia, revised May 2001.
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    Cited by:

    1. Roberto Cortes Conde, 2008. "Spanish America Colonial Patterns: The Rio de La Plata," Working Papers 96, Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia, revised Mar 2008.
    2. Karina Otero, 2008. "Market Power Evolution of Financial Intermediation Services in Argentina: Effects of Favorable Macroeconomic Perspectives?," BCRA Working Paper Series 200831, Central Bank of Argentina, Economic Research Department.

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    Keywords

    competition; Argentina; banks;

    JEL classification:

    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling

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