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Efficiency and Price Effects of Horizontal Bank Mergers

John Ashton () and Khac Pham ()
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Khac Pham: Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

No 07-9, Working Papers from Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

Abstract: This study provides an empirical assessment of the efficiency and interest rate changes occurring during 61 UK retail bank mergers. Key findings of the work include the general efficiency enhancing influence of UK bank mergers and the limited effect of merger on retail interest rates. Furthermore, different banking products appear to be influenced differently by mergers. It is proposed that future assessments of bank competition and mergers require an accommodation of different types of bank customer.

Keywords: Retail banking; mergers; efficiency and price effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G14 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-cfn, nep-com, nep-eff and nep-ind
Date: 2007-06
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