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Productivity in banking and effects from deregulation


  • David B. Humphrey


Over the last decade, banking productivity growth has been quite low, between 0.60 to –0.07 percent a year. Deregulation has served to raise banking costs but not measured output. Consumers may have benefited, but banks have not.

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  • David B. Humphrey, 1991. "Productivity in banking and effects from deregulation," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue Mar, pages 16-28.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedrer:y:1991:i:mar:p:16-28:n:v.77no.2

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