Market structure, bank conduct and bank performance: Evidence from ASEAN

Khan, Habib Hussain and Ahmad, Rubi and Chan, Sok Gee (2018) Market structure, bank conduct and bank performance: Evidence from ASEAN. Journal of Policy Modeling, 40 (5). pp. 934-958. ISSN 0161-8938, DOI

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Whether banks in a concentrated market increase their profits through monopoly pricing is a question of prime concern for antitrust policies. We explore this question by introducing the role of bank conduct into the structure–performance relationship. We apply Two-step System GMM dynamic panel model to commercial banks in the Association of South East Asian Nations over the period of 1999–2014. The results indicate that the higher profits in concentrated banking industries are partially attributable to the anti-competitive conduct of banks. These findings are robust across alternative measures of market structure and bank conduct, and different time horizons. The implications of these findings require regulators to make sure that the consolidation policy for ASEAN is achieving its purpose – i.e. financial stability – and not allowing the banks to earn monopoly rents.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Market structure; Bank conduct; Bank performance; Structure–conduct–performance hypothesis; ASEAN
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2019 05:32
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2019 05:32

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