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Cross-Country Nonparametric Analysis of Bahrains Banking System

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  • Grigorian David

    () (International Monetary Fund)

  • Manole Vlad

    () (Rutgers University)

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Bahrains financial sector development strategy succeeded in building a leading regional banking center, which has become one of the main engines of growth and sources of employment. Based on bank level productivity estimates obtained using non-parametric estimation, the paper concludes that Bahrain continues to occupy a front-runner position among sample GCC countries. Results also reveal that: (i) banks in Bahrain still lag behind their Singaporean counterparts (included in the study as a benchmark), and (ii) there is strong competition from other countries in the region. The results appear to be robust with respect to changes in the sample size and model specifications.

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  • Grigorian David & Manole Vlad, 2013. "Cross-Country Nonparametric Analysis of Bahrains Banking System," Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Economics and Business, Sciendo, vol. 1(1), pages 23-38, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:vrs:auseab:v:1:y:2013:i:1:p:23-38:n:2
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    1. Samir Srairi, 2010. "Cost and profit efficiency of conventional and Islamic banks in GCC countries," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 34(1), pages 45-62, August.
    2. Mohanty, Sunil K. & Lin, Hong-Jen & Aljuhani, Eid A. & Bardesi, Hisham J., 2016. "Banking efficiency in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: A comparative study," Review of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 99-107.
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    4. Jill Johnes & Marwan Izzeldin & Vasileios Pappas, 2012. "A comparison of performance of Islamic and conventional banks 2004 to 2009," Working Papers 12893801, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.
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    6. Mohammad Hanif Akhtar, 2010. "Are Saudi banks productive and efficient?," International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 3(2), pages 95-112, June.
    7. David Grigorian & Vlad Manole, 2017. "Sovereign risk and deposit dynamics: evidence from Europe," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(29), pages 2851-2860, June.

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