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Does Competition Make Loan Markets More Fragile?


Erkki Koskela


University of Helsinki - Department of Political and Economic Studies; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Bank of Finland - Research Department; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Rune Stenbacka


Hanken School of Economics

November 1995

Center for Economic Studies Working Paper at University of Munich, Number 92

Abstract:     
We model the interaction between the concentration of the banking sector and the investment strategies of imperfectly competitive firms in the product market to address the question of whether competition makes loan markets more fragile. It is shown how a merger between two banks would typically decrease the interest rate and increase the investment volume of imperfectly competitive firms in the product market. Under quite plausible conditions this implies that a merger will increase the stability of loan markets in the sense of decreasing bankruptcy risks.

Keywords: Bank Competition, Bankruptcy Risk, Mergers, Credit Market Stability.

JEL Classification: G21, G33, G34

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Koskela, Erkki and Stenbacka, Rune, Does Competition Make Loan Markets More Fragile? (November 1995 ). Center for Economic Studies Working Paper at University of Munich, Number 92. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=7178

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Erkki Koskela (Contact Author)
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Rune Stenbacka
Hanken School of Economics ( email )
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FI-00101 Helsinki
Finland
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