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Bank competition in the Middle East and northern Africa region

  • Anzoategui, Diego
  • Soledad Martinez Peria, Maria
  • Rocha,Roberto

This paper studies the extent of bank competition in the Middle East and Northern Africa region during 1994-2008, using non-structural measures of competition such as the H-statistic and the Lerner index. Both these measures suggest that banking sector competition in the region is lower relative to other regions and has not improved in recent years. An analysis of the determinants of competition across countries suggests that lower levels of competition in the Middle East and Northern Africa are explained by the region’s worse credit information environment and lower market contestability.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5363.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2010
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5363
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