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Explaining Bank Efficiency Differences Between China and Taiwan by Meta-Frontier Cost Function

  • Yi-Cheng Liu

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    (International Business Department, Tamkang University, 151 Yingzhuan Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City 25137, Taiwan (R.O.C.), Taiwan)

  • Wen Yang

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    (Department of Statistics, Tamkang University, 151 Yingzhuan Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City 25137, Taiwan (R.O.C.), Taiwan)

  • Shin-Ying Mai

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    (Financial Analyst, C.I.T. Group, New Jersey, USA)

  • Chao-Cheng Mai

    ()

    (Department of Industrial Economics, Tamkang University, Taiwan; Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, 128 Sec. 2, Academia Rd., Nankang, Taipei 11529, Taiwan (R.O.C.), Taiwan)

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    The purpose of this paper is to employ the Meta-Frontier Cost Function to compare the efficiencies of banks in China and Taiwan over the period 2003–2009. Different from previous literature using loans and securities as the output variables in evaluating banking efficiency, we propose two new variables: interest income on loans and nonperforming loans, to identify whether the banks are both cost and profit efficient and to control the quality of loans. Evidence is found that the average cost efficiency of China's banks leads the Taiwanese banks with a significant gap. Some policy implications are provided accordingly.

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    Volume (Year): 15 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 04 ()
    Pages: 1250024-1-1250024-25

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