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A framework for analyzing competition in the banking sector : an application to the case of Jordan


  • Demirguc-Kunt, Asli
  • Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez


This paper proposes a framework to analyze competition in the banking sector using Jordan as an example. In particular, the paper pursues a multi-pronged approach to analyze competition including (i) an examination of the extent to which the market is contestable (that is, has low barriers to bank entry and exit), (b) an evaluation of the behavior of bank spreads, and (iii) an assessment of non-structural and direct measures of bank competition such as the H-statistic and the Lerner Index. This approach provides a more comprehensive framework to examine competition in the banking sector, compared with the commonly used alternative of looking only at bank concentration figures. In the case of Jordan, the analysis indicates that although concentration has declined, competition in the country is low and has decreased over time.

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  • Demirguc-Kunt, Asli & Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez, 2010. "A framework for analyzing competition in the banking sector : an application to the case of Jordan," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5499, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5499

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    1. Demirguc, Asli & Huizinga, Harry, 1999. "Determinants of Commercial Bank Interest Margins and Profitability: Some International Evidence," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 13(2), pages 379-408, May.
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    1. Pietro Grandi & Caroline Bozou, 2018. "Bank competition and firm credit availability: firm-bank evidence from Europe," Working Papers hal-01897744, HAL.
    2. Anginer, Deniz & Demirguc-Kunt, Asli & Zhu, Min, 2014. "How does competition affect bank systemic risk?," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 23(1), pages 1-26.
    3. Chauvet, Lisa & Jacolin, Luc, 2017. "Financial Inclusion, Bank Concentration, and Firm Performance," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 1-13.
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    5. Gopalan, Sasidaran & Rajan, Ramkishen S., 2017. "Does foreign bank presence affect interest rate pass-through in emerging and developing economies?," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 54(PB), pages 373-392.
    6. Toh, Moau Yong, 2019. "Effects of bank capital on liquidity creation and business diversification: Evidence from Malaysia," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 1-19.
    7. Radi Atoom & Eyad Malkawi & Basima Al Share, 2017. "Utilizing Australian Shareholders' Association (ASA): Fifteen Top Financial Ratios to Evaluate Jordanian Banks' Performance," Journal of Applied Finance & Banking, SCIENPRESS Ltd, vol. 7(1), pages 1-7.
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    9. Iveta Řepková & Daniel Stavárek, 2013. "Relationship between competition and efficiency in the Czech banking industry," Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis, Mendel University Press, vol. 61(7), pages 2701-2707.

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