A Statistical Analysis of Banking Performance in the Caribbean Currency Union in the 1990's

A Statistical Analysis of Banking Performance in the Caribbean Currency Union in the 1990's

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Private foreign banks dominate the banking system although their market share declined in the 1990s while that of private indigenous banks increased. The banking system was not concentrated either within or across countries. Stiglera€™s survivor test indicated that large banks tended to reduce their scale over time. Private foreign and private indigenous banks exhibited similar distributions with respect to operating expenses but private foreign banks were most profitable. High interest rate spreads appeared attributable to higher average costs related to market size and geographic peculiarities.To further explore the issue of optimal scale, we plot a scatter diagram of bank size against before-tax profit as a percentage of total assets for the subperiods of 1990a€“92, 1993a€“95, and 1996a€“98 (Figure 1), and a scatter diagram of bank sizeanbsp;...


Title:A Statistical Analysis of Banking Performance in the Caribbean Currency Union in the 1990's
Author: Mr. V. Hugo Juan-Ramon, Mrs. Ruby Randall, Mr. Oral Williams
Publisher:International Monetary Fund - 2001-08-01
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