Antitrust Analysis in Banking: Goals, Methods, and Justifications in a Changed Environment by ProQuest

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									                 Economic Quarterly—Volume 94, Number 1—Winter 2008—Pages 45–72




Antitrust Analysis in
Banking: Goals, Methods,
and Justifications in a
Changed Environment
                                         John R.Walter and Patricia E.Wescott




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         ntitrust analysis (also known as competitive analysis) of bank mergers
         has used the same basic procedures for decades, even though the
         banking market has experienced significant shifts. Do these changes
in the banking market call for changes in competitive analysis – or perhaps its
cessation? We argue that continued use of these procedures makes sense.
     The goal of competitive analysis is to protect competition in banking mar-
kets. Bank supervisors, along with the Department of J
								
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