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Inefficiency and productivity growth in banking: a comparison of stochastic econometric and thick frontier methods

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  • Paul W. Bauer
  • Allen N. Berger
  • David B. Humphrey

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A comparison of alternative methods for estimating inefficiency and productivity growth in banking, showing that inefficiencies are sufficiently large to dominate scale economies and that measured technological progress has been small, or even negative, as a result of institutional events that occurred during 1977-88.

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  • Paul W. Bauer & Allen N. Berger & David B. Humphrey, 1991. "Inefficiency and productivity growth in banking: a comparison of stochastic econometric and thick frontier methods," Working Papers (Old Series) 9117, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
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