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Efficiency of Labour Use in the Swedish Banking Industry: A Stochastic Frontier Approach

  • Battese, George E.

    ()

    (Department of Econometrics, University of New England)

  • Heshmati, Almas

    ()

    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Hjalmarsson, Lennart

    (Department of Economics, Göteborg University)

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the impact of the deregulation of the Swedish banking industry in the mid-1980s, and the consequent banking crisis, on productive efficiency and productivity growth in the industry. An unbalanced panel of Swedish banks is studied over the period, 1984 to 1995. A total of 1275 observations are analysed for 156 banks that were observed for between two and twelve years. We adopt a translog stochastic frontier model to estimate the labour-use requirements in terms of the variables, loans, deposits, guarantees, number of branches and total inventories, together with the year of observation. The inefficiency effects in the labour-use frontier are modelled in terms of the number of branches, total inventories, the type of bank and year of observation.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 289.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 01 Dec 1998
Date of revision: 13 Apr 1999
Publication status: Published in Empirical Economics, 2000, pages 623-640.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0289
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