IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Social Capital and Bank Performance. An International Comparison for OECD Countries

Listed author(s):
  • Pastor Monsálvez José Manuel



  • Tortosa-Ausina Emili



Over the last few years there has been a remarkableincrease in the number of published studies dealingwith social capital issues. A plethora of studies hasalso analyzed the efficiency of several banking industries.In this article we merge the two literatures byanalyzing how social capital affects bank efficiencyfor a sample of financial institutions in OECD countries.The analysis is performed using activity analysistechniques, and social capital is controlled for byentering the analysis as an environmental variable. Akey feature of our study is the higher complexity ofthe social capital measure used, compared to othersimpler measures hitherto considered in the literature.Results suggest that disregarding the effect of socialcapital can be irrelevant for some financial institutions,yet the effect cannot be overlooked for othersthat operate in low-social-capital environments. Inthese cases, efficiency scores are biased downwards,and controlling for social capital enables these banksto move up in the efficiency rankings.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation in its series Working Papers with number 201064.

in new window

Length: 57
Date of creation: Mar 2007
Handle: RePEc:fbb:wpaper:201064
Contact details of provider: Postal:
Plaza de San Nicolás, 4, 48005 Bilbao

Phone: +34 94 487 52 52
Fax: +34 94 424 46 21
Web page:

More information through EDIRC

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:fbb:wpaper:201064. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.