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A Comparison of the United States and Canadian Banking Systems in the Twentieth Century: Stability vs. Efficiency?

Michael Bordo (), Hugh Rockoff () and Angela Redish ()

No 4546, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper asks whether the vaunted comparative stability of the Canadian banking system has been purchased at the cost of creating an oligopoly. We assembled a data set that compares bank failures, lending rates, interest paid on deposits and related variables over the period 1920 to 1980. Our principal findings are that: (1) interest rates paid on deposits were generally higher in Canada; (2) interest income received on securities was generally slightly higher in Canada; (3) interest rates charged on loans were generally quite similar; (4) net rates of return to equity were generally higher in Canada than in the U.S..

JEL-codes: E44 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1993-11
Note: ME
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Published as "The U.S. Banking System from a Northern Exposure: Stability vs. Efficiency ." Journal of Economic History, Vol 54 (June 1994): 325-341.
Published as R2085 same as wp title: in Anglo-American Financial Systems: Institutions and Markets in the Twentieth Century, Michael D. Bordo and Richard Sylla, eds., pp. 11-40, (Burr Ridge, IL: Irwin Professional Publishing, 1995).

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