Spillover and Competition Effects: Evidence from the Sub-Saharan African Banking Sector
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April 30, 2011
GIGA Working Paper No. 165
This paper examines the efficiency effects of foreign bank entry on domestic banks in sub-Saharan Africa during the period 1999-2006. Using a recently compiled dataset on foreign bank presence, the competition and spillover effects of North-South, regional and nonregional South-South banks are distinguished. The results show that the competitive pressure on domestic banksʹ net interest margins emanates only from regional South-South banks. There is evidence of spillover effects from North-South and regional South-South banks on domestic banks. As domestic banks invest in foreign technologies, their overhead costs increase in the short-run. Non-regional South-South banks seem to have little effect on the efficiency of domestic banks.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: sub-Saharan Africa, efficiency, South-South banks, spillover
JEL Classification: F21, F23, F36working papers series
Date posted: May 4, 2011 ; Last revised: August 17, 2012
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