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The implication of banking competition: Evidence from African countries

Imen Kouki and Amjad Al-Nasser ()

Research in International Business and Finance, 2017, vol. 39, issue PB, 878-895

Abstract: This paper examines how bank efficiency and stability are affected by the market power in Africa. Our results show that the higher degree of market power is associated with high level of efficiency and profitability. The banks with more market power operating are able to be in command of the price and hence improve their profit. The market power has a benefit in both stability and risk. Hence, gain in market will increase the stability and reduce the risk for banking system. Our findings do not support the argument that competition should not be based on a “quiet life hypothesis”.

Keywords: Market power; Efficiency; Stability; Africa; Lerner index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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