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Bank Concentration and Crises


Thorsten Beck


City University London - Sir John Cass Business School; Tilburg University - European Banking Center, CentER

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt


World Bank - Financial and Private Sector Development; World Bank

Ross Levine


UC Berkeley; Milken Institute; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

August 2003

NBER Working Paper No. w9921

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Motivated by public policy debates about bank consolidation and conflicting theoretical predictions about the relationship between the market structure of the banking industry and bank fragility, this paper studies the impact of bank concentration, bank regulations, and national institutions on the likelihood of suffering a systemic banking crisis. Using data on 70 countries from 1980 to 1997, we find that crises are less likely in economies with (i) more concentrated banking systems, (ii) fewer regulatory restrictions on bank competition and activities, and (iii) national institutions that encourage competition.

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Date posted: August 25, 2003  

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Beck, Thorsten and Demirgüç-Kunt, Asli and Levine, Ross, Bank Concentration and Crises (August 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w9921. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=437490

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Thorsten Beck
City University London - Sir John Cass Business School ( email )
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Tilburg University - European Banking Center, CentER ( email )
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Asli Demirgüç-Kunt
World Bank - Financial and Private Sector Development ( email )
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Ross Levine (Contact Author)
UC Berkeley ( email )
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Milken Institute ( email )
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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