Consolidation and Market Structure in Emerging Market Banking Systems

Author/Editor:

R. G Gelos ; Jorge Roldos

Publication Date:

November 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper examines the evolution of market structure in emerging market banking systems during the 1990s. While significant bank consolidation has been taking place in these countries, reflected in a sharp decline in the number of banks, this process has not systematically been associated with increased concentration as measured by standard indices. Moreover, econometric estimates based on the Panzar-Rosse (1987) methodology suggest that, overall, markets have not become less competitive in a sample of eight European and Latin American countries. Lowering barriers to entry, by doing such things as allowing increased participation of foreign banks, appears to have prevented a decline in competitive pressures associated with consolidation.

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/186

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451859478/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1862002

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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