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Bank efficiency ratios in Latin America

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  • Jeremy Forster
  • Sherrill Shaffer

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Previous literature has shown a strong association between the financial sector and economic growth, but theory predicts ambiguous associations between banking efficiency and size or market share. The relationships among efficiency ratios, absolute scale, and rank category are explored for a relevant subset of banks in each of four Latin American countries. The results indicate a robust association between efficiency and absolute scale but not between efficiency and relative scale, which suggests that the observed efficiency of larger banks is not an artefact of market power among dominant banks.

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  • Jeremy Forster & Sherrill Shaffer, 2005. "Bank efficiency ratios in Latin America," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(9), pages 529-532.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:12:y:2005:i:9:p:529-532
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850500120623
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    4. Daley, Jenifer & Matthews, Kent, 2009. "Efficiency and Convergence in the Jamaican banking sector 1998-2007," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2009/30, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section.
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