Handbook of Competition in Banking and Finance
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Handbook of Competition in Banking and Finance

Edited by Jacob A. Bikker and Laura Spierdijk

For academics, regulators and policymaker alike, it is crucial to measure financial sector competition by means of reliable, well-established methods. However, this is easier said than done. The goal of this Handbook is to provide a collection of state-of-the-art chapters to address this issue. The book consists of four parts, the first of which discusses the characteristics of various measures of financial sector competition. The second part includes several empirical studies on the level of, and trends in, competition across countries. The third part deals with the spillovers of market power to other sectors and the economy as a whole. Finally, the fourth part considers competition in banking submarkets and subsectors.
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Chapter 4: Bank risk and competition: the other side of the story

Laura Spierdijk and Michalis Zaouras

Abstract

We analyze the “other side” of the competition–risk nexus in a setting of endogenous bank risk by expressing the Lerner index as a function of risk-related parameters and other determinants. Our main result is that banks’ ability to raise prices above the competitive level depends, among other things, on the extent to which lenders respond to an increase in the loan rate by taking more risk. This finding illustrates that differences in Lerner indices may arise as a result of differences in risk-taking behavior.

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