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Competition and Increasing Returns to Scale: A Model of Bank Size

Wang, Tianxi (2015) 'Competition and Increasing Returns to Scale: A Model of Bank Size.' The Economic Journal, 125 (585). 989 - 1014. ISSN 0013-0133

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Abstract

This study examines the causal effects of bank size on banks' survival, asset quality and leverage. Two forces drive these effects: increasing returns to scale derived from banks' expertise and competition. The first enables bigger banks to survive competition better, have higher asset quality and be more leveraged. It drives banks into a race for expansion. This race toughens competition between banks, which edges out small banks and may worsen all banks' asset quality. Consequently, the banking industry will be dominated by a small number of highly leveraged banks. In this study, financial intermediation arises endogenously and co‐exists with direct finance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2013 22:32
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8276

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