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Market Power, Bank Competition, Africa, Bank Regulation, Market Structure
This paper explores the relationship between bank competition and financial sector stability using 20052010 data for ten African countries. The study utilises a Generalized Method of Moments approach to regress bank stability indices Z-score, non-performing loans ratio and return on banks assets on bank competition indices Lerner-Index, Herfindahl-Hirschman Index total assets and Herfindahl-Hirschman Index total deposits. The findings show a robust positive relationship between market power and financial stability. This unequivocally suggests that there is a trade-off between bank competition and financial sector stability in these countries, as per the competition-fragility view.
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