Analysis of competitiveness in Qatar banking industry
by Saeed Al-Muharrami
International Journal of Business Innovation and Research (IJBIR), Vol. 3, No. 2, 2009

Abstract: This study evaluates the monopoly power of Qatar banking industry during the period 1993 to 2002. The sample consists of panel of 60 observations using the 'H-statistic' by Panzar and Rosse and investigates the market structure using the most frequently applied measures of concentration k-bank concentration ratio and Herfindahl–Hirschman index. Both of the concentration indices indicate that the Qatar had a 'very concentrated market'. The Panzar and Rosse 'H-statistic' suggests that Qatar banks operate under monopolistic competition. Qatar Central Bank should be very cautious in granting mergers among banks, in particular among large 'core' banks.

Online publication date: Mon, 26-Jan-2009

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