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Malmquist Indices Of Pre- And Post-Deregulation Productivity, Efficiency And Technological Change In The Singaporean Banking Sector

  • BOON L. LEE

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    (School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia)

  • ANDREW C. WORTHINGTON

    (Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia)

  • WAI HO LEONG

    (Asian Economics Research, Barclays Capital, Singapore)

By the end of the 1990s, the Singaporean government had recognised the need to open up its banking sector so as to remain competitive in the global economy. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) thus began deregulation of the banking sector in 1999 to strengthen the competitiveness of local banks relative to their foreign competitors through mergers. This paper employs a nonparametric Malmquist productivity index to provide measure of productivity, technological change and efficiency gains over the period 1995–2005. The findings reveal some total factor productivity growth associated with deregulation and scale efficiency improvement largely from mergers amongst the local banks.

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Volume (Year): 55 (2010)
Issue (Month): 04 ()
Pages: 599-618

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