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Measuring the Degree of Competition in the Arab Banking Systems

Awdeh, Ali and Salloum, Ahmad and El Hokayem, Elie (2013): Measuring the Degree of Competition in the Arab Banking Systems. Published in: International Research Journal of Finance and Economics No. 107 (2013): pp. 39-49.

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The Arab banking sectors are characterised by high level of concentration, which could have a negative impact on competition and the competitive behaviour of banks according to the Structure-Conduct-Performance paradigm. Using a flexible translog revenue function, we found that high concentration has not provided Arab banks with significant market power. Besides, we found a higher competitive behaviour of banks operating in Lebanon, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE than in the other Arab countries.

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