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Market size and market structure in banking

Sara Alfaihani, Oleg Badunenko () and Shabbar Jaffry

Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 2021, vol. 72, issue C

Abstract: Larger markets are usually characterised by a large number of firms. We show this does not hold in banking. Our analysis of banking in Gulf countries suggests the existence of a lower bound to concentration.The bounds are different across countries, however, in all of them, the markets remain concentrated regardless of the market size. We also show that the largest banks are becoming more dominant over time. Most importantly, the values of the limiting levels and the actual levels of concentration are astonishingly close suggesting that the banking markets of the Gulf countries are operating close to long-run equilibrium.

Keywords: Banking; Market Structure; Market Size; Concentration; GCC; Stochastic Frontier (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 L1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.intfin.2021.101342

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