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A framework for analyzing competition in the banking sector : an application to the case of Jordan
 
Author:Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Peria, Maria Soledad Martinez; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5499
Country:Jordan; Date Stored:2010/12/13
Document Date:2010/12/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Access to Finance; Emerging Markets; Markets and Market Access; Banks & Banking Reform; Debt MarketsLanguage:English
Major Sector:FinanceRel. Proj ID:1W-The Crisis And Beyond: Fy11-Fy13 -- -- P122136;
Region:Middle East and North AfricaReport Number:WPS5499
Sub Sectors:General finance sectorVolume No:1 of 1

Summary: 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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