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Labour Cost Efficiency in UK and Irish Credit Institutions

  • Trevor Fitzpatrick

    (European Central Bank)

  • Kieran McQuinn

    (Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland)

This paper presents aggregated cost efficiency scores for a balanced panel of British and Irish credit institutions and relates these scores to loan loss reserves as a first step in investigating their usefulness as possible indicators of financial fragility. The efficiency scores are obtained using the two most popular methods of efficiency measurement – data envelopment analysis (DEA) and the stochastic frontiers approach.

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Volume (Year): 36 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 45–66

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