Banking Competition and Capital Ratios

Author/Editor:

Martin Cihak ; Klaus Schaeck

Publication Date:

September 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We use data for more than 2,600 European banks to test whether increased competition causes banks to hold higher capital ratios. Employing panel data techniques, and distinguishing between the competitive conduct of small and large banks, we show that banks tend to hold higher capital ratios when operating in a more competitive environment. This result holds when controlling for the degree of concentration in banking systems, inter-industry competition, characteristics of the wider financial system, and the regulatory and institutional environment.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/216

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451867800/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007216

Format:

Paper

Pages:

40

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