In the early transition era in Russia entry barriers for commercial banks were about absent. It resulted in the mushrooming of hundreds of small, poorly-endowed and inexperienced banks. In this paper we address the question whether the claimed benefits of low entry barriers - competition and market dynamics - have resulted. We use a sample of commercial saving banks for the 1994-97 period. We conclude that there were important mobility barriers and that the removal of entry barriers did not lead to intensified competition.

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Keywords forms, foundation of organization theory, identity, populations
Publisher Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
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Polos, L., Hannan, M.T., & Carroll, G.R.. (2000). Foundations of a Theory of Social Forms (No. ERS-2000-29-ORG). Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). Retrieved from