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Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Regional Competition in US Banking – Trends and Determinants

Alexander Erler (Department of Business, Economics and Law, University of Bayreuth) ; Horst Gischer (Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg) ; and Bernhard Herz (Department of Business, Economics and Law, University of Bayreuth) observe Regional Competition in US Banking – Trends and Determinants.

ABSTRACT: Competition in the US banking industry as measured by the Lerner Index has on average increased substantially during the last decade. At the same time, regional differences in competition on the state level have decreased considerably. Based on a dynamic panel framework we find that these developments are mainly driven by industry specific factors such as the costs to income ratio. The empirical evidence indicates that inefficiency and the Lerner index are significant negatively correlated. Macroeconomic conditions appear to have supported these trends in competition, however, to a somewhat lesser extent.

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