Purpose - The purpose of this paper is twofold: to investigate the market structure of Saudi Arabia banking industry; and to evaluate the monopoly power of banks during the years 1993-2006. Design/methodology/approach - The paper is examining the market structure using the most frequently applied measures of concentration k-bank concentration ratio (CRk) and Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) and it is evaluating the monopoly power of banks using the "H-statistic" by Panzar and Rosse. Findings - The results show that Saudi Arabia has a moderately concentrated market and is moving to a less concentrated position. Both the concentration indices indicate that the country is moving toward a better position in terms of the market concentration. The Panzar and Rosse "H-statistic" suggests that banks in Saudi Arabia operate under monopolistic competition. Research limitations/implications - These findings may be a temporary effect, evident during the sampled period only. To draw firmer conclusions a longer sample period is needed. Originality/value - Studies of banking market structure in the developed economies' banking are commonplace, however, very few studies are conducted for Saudi Arabia's banking industry.
- Competitive strategy
- Market system
- Saudi Arabia
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)