Bank Competition in the Middle East and Northern Africa Region

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Diego Anzoategui

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Maria Soledad Martinez Peria

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Roberto de Rezende Rocha

World Bank - Middle East & North Africa Region; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: July 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper studies the extent of bank competition in the Middle East and Northern Africa region during 1994-2008, using non-structural measures of competition such as the H-statistic and the Lerner index. Both these measures suggest that banking sector competition in the region is lower relative to other regions and has not improved in recent years. An analysis of the determinants of competition across countries suggests that lower levels of competition in the Middle East and Northern Africa are explained by the region?s worse credit information environment and lower market contestability.

Keywords: Banks & Banking Reform, Markets and Market Access, Labor Policies, Emerging Markets, Access to Finance

Suggested Citation

Anzoategui, Diego and Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad and Rocha, Roberto de Rezende, Bank Competition in the Middle East and Northern Africa Region (July 1, 2010). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5363. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1645734

Diego Anzoategui (Contact Author)

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Maria Soledad Martinez Peria

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
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United States

Roberto de Rezende Rocha

World Bank - Middle East & North Africa Region ( email )

1818 H Street N.W
Washington, DC 20433
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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