Competition and Bank Stability

CFS WP No. 559

51 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2016

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Martin Richard Goetz

Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE

Date Written: November 14, 2016


Does an increase in competition increase or decrease bank stability? I exploit how the state-specific process of interstate banking deregulation lowered barriers to entry into urban banking markets and find that greater competition significantly increases bank stability. This result is robust to the inclusion of additional fixed effects and other influences, such as merger and acquisitions or diversification. Moreover, I find that greater competition reduces banks' nonperforming loans and increases bank profitability. These findings suggest that competition increases stability as it improves bank profitability and asset quality.

Keywords: Risk, Stability, Competition, Contestability, Entry, Bank Deregulation, Lending

JEL Classification: G21, G28, G32

Suggested Citation

Goetz, Martin Richard, Competition and Bank Stability (November 14, 2016). CFS WP No. 559. Available at SSRN: or

Martin Richard Goetz (Contact Author)

Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE ( email )

Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3
Frankfurt am Main, 60323

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