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Supervision and Cost Efficiency in Banking


  • Newman, Joseph A
  • Black, Harold A
  • Shrieves, Ronald E


This paper suggests a link between bank operating efficiency and federal supervisor. Since supervisory priorities can vary by the context in which the supervisor was conceived, resulting differences in supervisory policies and procedures may underlay differences in the operating efficiency of their supervised banks. The effect on bank operating expenses is estimated at the individual bank level for each of four size strata using a translog cost function, controlling for bank characteristics and the impact of scale and scope economies. Results generally support a conclusion that bank operating cost differences exist by supervisor, except in the largest size stratum. Copyright 1995 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Newman, Joseph A & Black, Harold A & Shrieves, Ronald E, 1995. "Supervision and Cost Efficiency in Banking," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 8(1), pages 73-93, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:8:y:1995:i:1:p:73-93

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