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Dynamics of retail-bank branching in Antwerp (Belgium) 1991–2006: evidence from micro-geographic data

Huysentruyt, Marieke, Lefevere, Eva and Menon, Carlo (2013) Dynamics of retail-bank branching in Antwerp (Belgium) 1991–2006: evidence from micro-geographic data. Journal of Banking and Finance, 37 (2). pp. 291-304. ISSN 0378-4266

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2012.08.023


We exploit a comprehensive new panel dataset on retailbank branch locations in 233 neighborhoods (local markets) in the metropolitan area of Antwerp to describe (i) how between 1991 and 2006 the patterns of bank presence, entry, exit and choice deeply evolve and (ii) whether and how changes in these "on the ground" patterns systematically diverge across Antwerp's different, highly segregated neighborhoods. We show that over the 15-year period under study entry and exit dynamics substantially intensify, the level change in branch desert grows significantly, and bank choice markedly declines; and that between 1996 and 2001, these changes are robustly associated with the neighborhood average income. In doing so, we advance a new technique for generating spatial measures that both minimize the discretization bias and can be reliably linked to neighborhoods. We demonstrate that the resulting measures are indeed more precise than traditional count measures.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G21 - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L22 - Firm Organization and Market Structure: Markets vs. Hierarchies; Vertical Integration; Conglomerates; Subsidiaries
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O16 - Economic Development: Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2012 14:22
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2024 04:48
Funders: Research Foundation - Flanders

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