Measuring Competition in Banking: A Disequilibrium Approach
31 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2008
Date Written: August 4, 2008
The Rosse-Panzar revenue test for competitive conditions in banking is based on observation of the impact on bank revenue of variation in factor input prices. We identify the implications for the H-statistic of misspecification bias in the revenue equation, arising when adjustment towards market equilibrium is partial and not instantaneous. In simulations, fixed effects estimation produces a measured H-statistic that is severely biased towards zero. Empirical results for the banking sectors of six developed countries corroborate our principal finding, that a dynamic formulation of the revenue equation is required for accurate identification of the H-statistic.
Keywords: banking, competition, revenue test, dynamic panel estimation
JEL Classification: L11, N20
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