Competition in Indian Banking

26 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2006

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A. Prasad

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Saibal Ghosh

Government of India - Economic Analysis & Policy

Date Written: July 2005


It is widely perceived that competition in the Indian banking sector has increased since the inception of the financial sector reforms in 1992. Using annual data on scheduled commercial banks for the period 1996-2004, the paper evaluates the validity of this claim in the Indian context. The empirical evidence reveals that the Indian banking system operates under competitive conditions and earns revenues as if under monopolistic competition.

Keywords: Competition, India, banking, Panzar-Rosse statistics

JEL Classification: G21

Suggested Citation

Prasad, Ananthakrishnan and Ghosh, Saibal, Competition in Indian Banking (July 2005). IMF Working Paper, Vol. , pp. 1-26, 2005. Available at SSRN:

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