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Competition in the banking sector and economic growth: panel-based international evidence

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  • Edoardo Gaffeo

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  • Ronny Mazzocchi

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This paper employs panel techniques to empirically examine the link between the competitiveness of the banking sector and real economic growth, using data from a sample of OECD economies during 1997-2010. We employ a dynamic GMM model to find that an increase in the efficiency of banks driven by fiercer competition is robustly associated with higher real growth. The issue of Granger-causality is then explored by means of a panel- based testing procedure addressing heterogeneity. While there is a strong evidence of causality running from real growth to banking competitiveness, a bi-directional causality appears clearly only for lags higher than 1.

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  • Edoardo Gaffeo & Ronny Mazzocchi, 2014. "Competition in the banking sector and economic growth: panel-based international evidence," DEM Discussion Papers 2014/02, Department of Economics and Management.
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    Keywords

    Banking competition; Financial development; Economic growth;

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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