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Dynamics of Competition in the Indian Banking Sector

Pankaj Sinha (pankaj-sinha@fms.edu) teaches at the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. Sakshi Sharma (sakshisharma.phd@fms.edu) is a research student at FMS.

Competition is supposed to make banks more efficient and stimulate financial innovation by opening up of new markets. Given the dynamic changes within the Indian banking system in the last two decades, the effect of the developments in the market on the competitive behaviour of Indian commercial banks is assessed. The empirical analysis suggests monopolistic competition. This feature of the Indian banking market is consistent with other emerging-market economies and developing countries. We also find a decrease in competition across the two time-periods, before and after 2007. This may be attributed to the consolidation of the sector, with major banks acquiring smaller banks to gain economies of scale, market share and transaction volume.

The authors thank the anonymous referee for constructive comments.

Updated On : 30th Mar, 2018

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