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Bank competition in the Middle East and northern Africa region, Volume 1
Author:Anzoategui, Diego; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad; Rocha,Roberto; Country:Middle East and North Africa;
Date Stored:2010/07/19Document Date:2010/07/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Banks & Banking Reform; Markets and Market Access; Labor Policies; Emerging Markets; Access to Finance
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Financial Sector
Rel. Proj ID:5M-Regional Flagship - Financial Intermediation In The Arab World -- -- P114259;Region:Middle East and North Africa
Report Number:WPS5363Sub Sectors:General finance sector
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5363Volume No:1

Summary: 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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