Testing the contestability in Kuwait banking industry

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Purpose - The two aims of this paper are: first, to investigate the market structure of Kuwait banking industry and second, to evaluate the monopoly power of banks during the years 1993-2002. Design/methodology/approach - The paper examines the market structure using the most frequently applied measures of concentration k-bank concentration ratio (CRk) and Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) and evaluates the monopoly power of banks using the H-statistic by Panzar and Rosse. Findings - Both of the concentration indices indicate that Kuwait had moderately concentrated market. The Panzar and Rosse H-statistic suggests that Kuwait banks operate under perfect competition. Practicalimplications - Kuwait Central Bank should be very cautious in granting mergers among banks, in particular among large core banks. The results also suggest that Kuwait Central Bank should stop granting permission to banks to open new branches because the country is over branched. Originality/value - This original paper investigates the market structure of Kuwaiti banking industry and evaluates the monopoly power of banks during 1993-2002.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-266
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Economics and Finance
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Kuwait
Contestability
Testing
Banking industry
Monopoly power
Market structure
Central bank
Statistics
Perfect competition
Bank concentration
Design methodology
Concentration index
Bank mergers
Herfindahl-Hirschman index
Concentration ratio
Large core

Keywords

  • Banking
  • Kuwait
  • Market forces

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  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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Testing the contestability in Kuwait banking industry. / Al-Muharrami, Saeed.

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