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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Does Competition Affect Bank Risk?

Liangliang Jiang, Ross Levine, Chen Lin

NBER Working Paper No. 23080
Issued in January 2017
NBER Program(s):CF, IO

Although policymakers often discuss tradeoffs between bank competition and stability, past research provides differing theoretical perspectives and empirical results on the impact of competition on risk. In this paper, we employ a new approach for identifying exogenous changes in the competitive pressures facing individual banks and discover that an intensification of competition materially boosts bank risk. With respect to the mechanisms, we find that competition reduces bank profits, charter values, and relationship lending and increases banks’ provision of nontraditional banking services.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w23080

 
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