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Bank concentration and crises, Volume 1
Author:Beck, Thorsten; Demirguc-Kunt, Asli; Levine, Ross; Country:World;
Date Stored:2003/05/23Document Date:2003/05/31
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Financial Crisis Management & Restructuring; Payment Systems & Infrastructure; Economic Theory & Research; Banks & Banking Reform; Labor Policies; Financial Intermediation
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Sector not applicable
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS3041
Sub Sectors:(Historic)Sector not applicableCollection Title:Policy, Research working paper series ; no. WPS 3041
Volume No:1  

Summary: The authors study the impact of bank concentration, regulations, and national institutions on the likelihood of suffering a systemic banking crisis. Using data on 79 countries over the period 1980-97, they find that crises are less likely (1) in more concentrated banking systems, (2) in countries with fewer regulatory restrictions on bank competition and activities, and (3) in economies with better institutions, that is, institutions that encourage competition and support private property rights.

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