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Opening the black box: Finding the source of cost inefficiency

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  • Santiago Carbó Valverde
  • David Humphrey

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  • Rafael López del Paso

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Parametric and nonparametric procedures are used to identify the apparent source of cost inefficiency in banking. Inefficiencies of 20–25% from earlier studies are reduced to 1–5% when, in addition to commonly specified cost function influences, variables reflecting banks’ external business environment and industry indicators of “productivity” are added. These productivity indicators explain most of the reduction in bank operating cost over 1992–2001 and was 5 times the reduction in the dispersion of inefficiency. Inefficiency appears stable over time because it is small relative to industry-wide cost changes occurring concurrently and because technology dispersion is imperfect. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Productivity Analysis.

Volume (Year): 27 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 209-220

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:27:y:2007:i:3:p:209-220

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Keywords: Cost efficiency; Banks; G21; G28; E58;

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  1. Tigran Poghosyan & Subal Kumbhakar, 2010. "Heterogeneity of technological regimes and banking efficiency in former socialist economies," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 33(1), pages 19-31, February.
  2. Lakshmi Balasubramanyan & Spiro Stefanou & Jeffrey Stokes, 2012. "An entropy approach to size and variance heterogeneity in U.S. commercial banks," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer, vol. 36(3), pages 728-749, July.
  3. Bolt, Wilko & Humphrey, David, 2013. "Competition in bank-provided payment services," Working Paper Series 1539, European Central Bank.
  4. Kauko, Karlo, 2009. "Managers and efficiency in banking," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(3), pages 546-556, March.
  5. Mario Fortin & André Leclerc, 2010. "L’efficience des cooperatives de services financiers : Une analyse de la contribution du milieu," Cahiers de recherche 10-23, Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke.
  6. George von Furstenberg, 2007. "Assessing the Competitiveness of International Financial Services in Particular Locations: A Survey of Methods and Perspectives," Caepr Working Papers 2007-024, Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Economics Department, Indiana University Bloomington.
  7. Koetter, Michael & Poghosyan, Tigran, 2008. "The implications of latent technology regimes for competition and efficiency in banking," Discussion Paper Series 2: Banking and Financial Studies 2008,15, Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre.
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