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Interest Margins Determinants of Czech Banks

Author(s): prof. Roman Horváth Ph.D.,
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2009
Number: 11
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Published in: IES Working Papers 11/2009
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: commercial banks, interest rate margins, bank efficiency
JEL codes: G21, D40, P27
Suggested Citation: Horváth, R. (2009). “ Interest Margins Determinants of Czech Banks ” IES Working Paper 11/2009. IES FSV. Charles University
Abstract: We examine the determinants of interest rate margins of Czech banks employing bank-level dataset at the quarterly frequency in 2000-2006. Our main results are as follows. We find that more efficient banks exhibit lower margins and there is no evidence that the banks with lower margins would compensate themselves with higher fees. Price stability contributes to lower margins. There are some economies of scale, as larger banks tend to charge lower margins. Higher capital adequacy is associated with lower margins contributing to the banking stability. Overall, the results indicate that the determinants of interest rate margins of Czech banks are largely similar to those reported in other studies for developed countries.
Downloadable: WP 2009_11_Horvath

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