Concentration and Foreign Penetration in Latin American Banking Sectors : Impact on Competition and Risk

@inproceedings{Yeyati2003ConcentrationAF,
  title={Concentration and Foreign Penetration in Latin American Banking Sectors : Impact on Competition and Risk},
  author={Eduardo Levy Yeyati and Alejandro Serra Micco},
  year={2003}
}
In the 1990s, Latin American banking sectors experienced an accelerated process of concentration and foreign penetration that prompted diverse views regarding its implications for the competitive behavior of banks and the financial stability of the system. In this paper, we examine these issues exploiting a rich bank-level database for eight Latin American countries. We find that, while increased concentration did not weaken banking competition within the region, foreign penetration appears to… CONTINUE READING
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