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Schnitzer, Monika (1999): Enterprise restructuring and bank competition in transition economies. In: Economics of Transition, Vol. 7, No. 1: pp. 133-155
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We investigate how bank competition affects the efficiency of credit allocation, using a model of spatial competition. Our analysis shows that bad loans are more likely the larger the number of banks competing for customers. We study further how many banks will be active if market entry is not regulated. Free entry can induce too much entry and thus too many bad loans compared to the social optimum. Finally we analyse how bank competition affects the restructuring efforts of firms. We find that restructuring has positive externalities which give rise to multiple equilibria, with either much of little restructuring activity.