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Economic Commentary

Competition and Bank Profitability: Recent Evidence

The nature of the relationship between the number and size distribution of competitors in a market (market structure) and their performance is of crucial importance to bank regulators and others responsible for evaluating the competitive effects of bank and bank holding company mergers and acquisitions.

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Suggested Citation

Whalen, Gary. 1986. “Competition and Bank Profitability: Recent Evidence.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 11/1/1986.

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