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Linking Managerial Behaviour to Cost and Profit Efficiency in the Banking Sectors of Central and Eastern European Countries

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  • Stefania P. S. Rossi

    (University of Cagliari and University of Vienna, Doktor-Karl-Lueger-Ring 1, A-1010 Wien)

  • Markus S. Schwaiger

    (Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Financial Markets Analysis and Surveillance Division, Otto-Wagner-Platz 3, A-1090 Wien, Associate Professor Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

  • Gerhard Winkler

    (Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Credit Division, Otto-Wagner-Platz 3, A-1090 Wien, Associate Professor Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

Abstract

This paper analyzes cost and profit efficiency as well as the managerial behaviour of banks in nine Central and Eastern European countries, providing crosscountry and time-series evidence on the run up period to EU accession from 1995 to 2002. A stochastic frontier analysis based on a Fourier flexible form indicates a generally low level of cost and profit efficiency. We also observe an increasing tendency over time in cost and profit efficiency, with significant differences among countries. Apart from looking at the determinants of cost and profit efficiency (e.g. asset quality, problem loans, risk, and environmental factors), we test several hypotheses on banks’ managerial behaviour using a Granger causality approach. Even though a static analysis shows a negative correlation between problem loans and efficiency, we find no evidence supporting the bad management hypothesis according to which inefficiency triggers a decrease in asset quality. On the contrary results provide evidence for the bad luck hypothesis suggesting that the exogeneity of bad loans causes inefficiency.

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  • Stefania P. S. Rossi & Markus S. Schwaiger & Gerhard Winkler, 2008. "Linking Managerial Behaviour to Cost and Profit Efficiency in the Banking Sectors of Central and Eastern European Countries," Credit and Capital Markets, Credit and Capital Markets, vol. 41(4), pages 589-629.
  • Handle: RePEc:kuk:journl:v:41:y:2008:i:4:p:589-629
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    1. Vuslat Us, 2016. "Determinants of Non-Performing Loans in the Turkish Banking Sector : What Has Changed After the Global Crisis?," CBT Research Notes in Economics 1627, Research and Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.
    2. Us, Vuslat, 2017. "Dynamics of non-performing loans in the Turkish banking sector by an ownership breakdown: The impact of the global crisis," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 20(C), pages 109-117.

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    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory

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