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Efficiency of Thai Commercial Banks: Pre- vs. Post-1997 Financial Crisis

  • Pornchai Chunhachinda


    (Department of Finance, Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University, Bangkok 10200, Thailand)

  • Li Li


    (School of Business, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, 126/1 Vibhavadee-Rangsit Road, Dindaeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand)

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    This study measures and compares the profit and cost efficiencies of Thai commercial banks between 1990 and 2008 which has been subdivided into the pre-crisis, the financial crisis, and the post-crisis periods. The efficiency scores are measured using a combination of parametric and non-parametric frontier approach. Both average profit and cost efficiency levels of the post-crisis period are found to be significantly lower than those of the pre-crisis period. The evidence also indicates that the real GDP growth rate and some general and financial characteristics are correlated with the efficiency level of Thai commercial banks.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 03 ()
    Pages: 417-447

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:rpbfmp:v:13:y:2010:i:03:p:417-447
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