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Efficiency of transition banks: inter-country banking industry trends


  • Karligash Kenjegalieva
  • Richard Simper
  • Thomas Weyman-Jones


This study investigates the trend of X-(in) efficiencies across Eastern European 2004-accession countries' banking industries over the period 1999 to 2003. We use Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) estimators to obtain proxies for X-(in)efficiencies and we then analyse the inter-country industry differences using the methodology of Simar and Zelenyuk (2007) and the impact of country-specific environmental conditions, following Simar and Wilson's (2007) truncated regression with bootstrap methodology. Overall, the results suggest that Eastern European banking had considerable scope for X-efficiency improvements. However, the results also demonstrate that the efficiency gap between the sample countries declined over the period, and fewer environmental factors contributed to the difference in the banking efficiency levels.

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  • Karligash Kenjegalieva & Richard Simper & Thomas Weyman-Jones, 2009. "Efficiency of transition banks: inter-country banking industry trends," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(19), pages 1531-1546.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:19:y:2009:i:19:p:1531-1546
    DOI: 10.1080/09603100902984343

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    1. Steven Fries & Damien Neven & Paul Seabright, 2002. "Bank Performance in Transition Economies," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 505, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
    2. Igor Jemric & Boris Vujcic, 2002. "Efficiency of Banks in Croatia: A DEA Approach*," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 44(2-3), pages 169-193, September.
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    4. Igor Jemrić & Boris Vujčić, 2002. "Efficiency of Banks in Croatia: A DEA Approach," Working Papers 7, The Croatian National Bank, Croatia.
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    1. Edwards, Erwin Elliot & Iyare, O.S. & Moseley, L.L., 2012. "Energy consumption in typical Caribbean office buildings: A potential short term solution to energy concerns," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 154-161.
    2. Natalya Zelenyuk & Valentin Zelenyuk, 2015. "Productivity Drivers of Efficiency in Banking: Importance of Model Specifications," CEPA Working Papers Series WP082015, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
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    4. Natalya Zelenyuk & Valentin Zelenyuk, 2014. "Regional and Ownership Drivers of Bank Efficiency," CEPA Working Papers Series WP112014, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.

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