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A note on management efficiency and international banking. Some empirical panel evidence


  • Franz R. Hahn

    () (Austrian Institute of Economic Research)


This analysis focuses on the assumption that management efficiency is one of the most important company-specific factors affecting a banks international activities. The theoretical results on whether good or bad management influences international activities in banking are mixed. We attempt to let the data speak for itself, applying advanced panel-econometric regression models to a dataset covering 747 universal banks based in Austria for the period running from 1995 to 2002. The dataset is unique in the sense that it provides almost full coverage of a banking sector at the company level that expanded foreign operations during the period covered on an unprecedented scale at the time. We find that management efficiency as measured by X-efficiency affects the degree of a banks international orientation positively. In addition, risk-based capital and international orientation in banking is positively related.

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  • Franz R. Hahn, 2009. "A note on management efficiency and international banking. Some empirical panel evidence," Journal of Applied Economics, Universidad del CEMA, vol. 12, pages 69-81, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cem:jaecon:v:12:y:2009:n:1:p:69-81

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    efficiency measurement; data envelopment analysis; international banking;

    JEL classification:

    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance


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