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Journal Article
Evaluating credit union competition in bank merger applications

Financial Update , Volume 11 , Issue Oct , Pages 1-3

Working Paper
Network diseconomies and optimal structure

This paper explores the effect on costs when firms within an industry must interact with each other in the normal course of business. Such interaction will generally cause the socially optimal scale of each firm to deviate from its minimum average cost scale. In addition, the socially optimal industry structure may be more concentrated than conventional firm-level cost studies would suggest and may also differ from the unregulated (free-entry) equilibrium structure. These concepts, while potentially applicable to several industries, are here made more precise for the banking industry, both ...
Working Papers , Paper 97-19

Discussion Paper
The operating performance of acquired firms in banking before and after acquisition

Staff Studies , Paper 149

Working Paper
Scale economies and geographic diversification as forces driving community bank mergers

Mergers of community banks across economic market areas potentially reduce both idiosyncratic and local market risk. Idiosyncratic risk may be reduced because the larger post merger bank has a larger customer base. Negative credit and liquidity shocks from individual customers would have smaller effects on the portfolio of the merged entity than on the individual community banks involved in the merger. Geographic dispersion of banking activities across economic market areas may reduce local market risk because an adverse economic development that is unique to one market area will not affect a ...
Supervisory Policy Analysis Working Papers , Paper 2002-02

Journal Article
The price of bank mergers in the 1990s

This article examines the primary motivations for the massive wave of bank mergers in the U.S. during the 1990s by analyzing the prices paid for target banks. The authors find that these prices reflect both general market and firm-specific characteristics. For example, the lifting of regulatory restrictions on geographic markets for bank mergers has a significant impact on the average price paid. Additionally, more profitable target banks tend to command a significantly higher market price.
Economic Perspectives , Volume 24 , Issue Q I , Pages 2-23

Working Paper
Asymmetric-information and principal-agent problems as sources of value in FSLIC-assisted acquisitions of insolvent thrifts

Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 93-35

Working Paper
Bank scale economies, mergers, concentration, and efficiency: the U.S. experience

Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 94-23

Working Paper
What's happened at divested bank offices? An empirical analysis of antitrust divestitures in bank mergers

In their competitive analysis of proposed bank mergers, the Federal Reserve Board, Department of Justice, and other agencies accept branch divestitures as an antitrust remedy in local markets where there is substantial overlap between the acquirer and target. The results of this study, which examines the performance of 751 branches that were divested between June 1989 and June 1998 in conjunction with a merger that raised possible competition issues, suggest that the policy of accepting branch divestitures as an antitrust remedy has been successful. Divested branches operate for lengths of ...
Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 2002-60

Conference Paper
SMEs and bank lending relationships: the impact of mergers

This paper studies the impact of bank mergers on firm-bank lending relationships using information from individual loan contracts in Belgium. We analyze the effects of bank mergers on the probability of borrowers maintaining their lending relationships and on their ability to continue tapping bank credit. The Belgian financial environment reflects a number of interesting features: high banking sector concentration; ?in-market? mergers with large target banks; importance of large banks in providing external finance to SMEs; and low numbers of bank lending relationships maintained by SMEs. ; We ...
Proceedings , Paper 993

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The Wells Fargo-Crocker acquisition

FRBSF Economic Letter

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