Search Cost and Price Dispersion in Vertically Related Markets: The Case of Bank Loans and Deposits

Search Cost and Price Dispersion in Vertically Related Markets: The Case of Bank Loans and Deposits Using data on marginal interest rates of loan and deposit products by Spanish banks, we find that the level of interest rates on loans (deposits) across geographic markets decrease (increase) with the number of banks in each market, and that the level of interest rates on loans increases with the level of interest rates of deposits. We also find that the dispersion of interest rates of both loans and deposits increase with the number of banks. This evidence is interpreted as evidence of customer’s search costs in retail banking, consistent with predictions from the Carlson and McAfee (J Polit Econ 91:480–493, 1983) model of market competition with search costs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Industrial Organization Springer Journals

Search Cost and Price Dispersion in Vertically Related Markets: The Case of Bank Loans and Deposits

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Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Subject
Economics; Industrial Organization; Microeconomics
ISSN
0889-938X
eISSN
1573-7160
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11151-008-9192-x
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Abstract

Using data on marginal interest rates of loan and deposit products by Spanish banks, we find that the level of interest rates on loans (deposits) across geographic markets decrease (increase) with the number of banks in each market, and that the level of interest rates on loans increases with the level of interest rates of deposits. We also find that the dispersion of interest rates of both loans and deposits increase with the number of banks. This evidence is interpreted as evidence of customer’s search costs in retail banking, consistent with predictions from the Carlson and McAfee (J Polit Econ 91:480–493, 1983) model of market competition with search costs.

Journal

Review of Industrial OrganizationSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 23, 2008

References

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    Baye, M.; Morgan, J.
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    Baye, M.; Morgan, J.; Scholten, P.
  • Initial conditions and moment restrictions in dynamic panel data models
    Blundell, R.; Bond, S.

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