The Role of the Number of Banks on Debt Dynamics: Evidence from Eurozone Countries
What is it about?
This paper addresses the issue of impacts of the banking market structure on debt dynamics. Using a simple theoretical and empirical model, we provide evidence for a positive link between number of banks and growth rate of debt .In case of Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain (PIGS countries) the effects are more pronounced.
Why is it important?
The more the number of banks in a market the more the debt growth. This can be based on the fact that it is easier for governemtns to find candidate debt holders.
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