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Banking Competition and Capital Ratios

Banking Competition and Capital Ratios by Martin Cihák
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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.
International Monetary Fund; September 2007
40 pages; ISBN 9781452733968
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Title: Banking Competition and Capital Ratios
Author: Martin Cihák; Klaus Schaeck