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Efficiency and productivity growth in the banking industry of Central and Eastern Europe

  • Koutsomanoli-Filippaki, Anastasia
  • Margaritis, Dimitris
  • Staikouras, Christos

We employ the directional technology distance function and provide estimates of bank efficiency and productivity change across Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries and across banks with different ownership status for the period 1998-2003. Our results demonstrate the strong links of competition and concentration with bank efficiency. They also show that productivity for the whole region initially declined but has improved more recently with further progress on institutional and structural reforms. Input-biased technical change has been consistently positive throughout the entire period suggesting that the reforms have induced favorable changes in relative input prices and input mix. However we find evidence of diverging trends in productivity growth patterns across banking industries and that foreign banks outperform domestic private and state-owned banks both in terms of efficiency and productivity gains. Overall, we find that productivity change in CEE is driven by technological change rather than efficiency change.

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Volume (Year): 33 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 557-567

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