Foreign ownership and market power in banking: Evidence from a world sample

Delis, M. D., Kokas, S. and Ongena, S. (2016) Foreign ownership and market power in banking: Evidence from a world sample. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 48(2-3), pp. 449-483. (doi:10.1111/jmcb.12306)

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The nexus between ownership and competition in the banking sector is a major concern to policymakers around the world but one that is rarely comprehensively examined. For 131 countries and 13 years we match bank ownership with over 50,000 bank‐year estimates of individual bank market power. We find that ownership does not explain market power at the individual bank level. However, at the country level, foreign bank ownership has a positive and significant impact on market power mainly because foreign banks enter through mergers or acquisitions and not through greenfield investments. The observed increases in market power primarily originate from decreases in the marginal cost.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kokas, Dr S
Authors: Delis, M. D., Kokas, S., and Ongena, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Journal of Money, Credit and Banking
ISSN (Online):1538-4616
Published Online:14 March 2016
First Published:First published in Journal of Money, Credit and Banking 48(2-3):449-483
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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