This book presents the results of several years of research on competition, concentration, efficiency and performance in the European banking market. The author seeks to explain and interrelate the numerous characteristics of the banking industry, and provide a detailed comparative analysis of various banking sectors throughout Europe.
The book begins with a survey on intermediation, integration and internationalisation in the European banking market, which helps to explain the increased competitive pressures banks are now operating under. The author then examines indicators of concentration and competition, and attempts to measure these using a variety of approaches in both EU and non-EU countries. Significantly, he also presents a unique comparison of efficiency throughout the EU by estimating X-inefficiency and cost level differences. The book concludes with an investigation into cyclical patterns of profits, provisions and lending in order to assess the procyclicality of bank behaviour in light of the new Basel Capital Accord.
Academics and policymakers interested in banking supervision, financial stability and monetary policy will welcome this thorough analysis of competition and efficiency in the European banking industry. The book will also prove invaluable reading for banking analysts and strategists in central banks, regulatory bodies and competition authorities.