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An Analysis of Concentration and Competition in the Banking Sector of the Republic of Serbia

Published Online: 09 May 2022
Volume & Issue: Volume 59 (2021) - Issue 4 (December 2021)
Page range: 427 - 444
Received: 23 Oct 2020
Accepted: 02 Jul 2021
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2217-3668
First Published
15 Apr 2014
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4 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

The degree of the banking sector concentration is a structural variable and refers to the number of banks in the system and the degree of their market power. The importance of measuring concentration in the banking sector stems from the causal relationship between the market structure and the competitive behaviour of market participants. Traditional models measuring the banking sector competition proceed from the market structure and concentration measures. In contrast, modern approaches to measuring competition rely on non-structural models and analysis of the behaviour of market participants. The paper analyzes the degree of concentration and competition in the banking sector of the Republic of Serbia. The traditional and most frequently used indices, the concentration ratio and the Herfindahl-Hirschman index, are used to measure concentration. The values of these indices show low banking sector concentration but a rise in the observed period. The values of the comprehensive industrial concentration index and the entropy coefficient confirm the concentration absence in the banking sector of the Republic of Serbia. In addition to the usual banking sector concentration measures, the authors use the Linda index to assess the banking sector concentration and competitiveness, to show the absence of an oligopolistic structure in terms of total balance sheet assets, lending and deposit activity of banks.

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