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Bank competition in the Middle East and northern Africa region
 
Author:Anzoategui, Diego; Soledad Martinez Peria, Maria; Rocha,Roberto; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5363
Country:Middle East and North Africa; Date Stored:2010/07/19
Document Date:2010/07/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Access to Finance; Markets and Market Access; Emerging Markets; Banks & Banking Reform; Labor PoliciesLanguage:English
Major Sector:FinanceRel. Proj ID:5M-Regional Flagship - Financial Intermediation In The Arab World -- -- P114259;
Region:Middle East and North AfricaReport Number:WPS5363
Sub Sectors:General finance sectorVolume No:1 of 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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