Efficiency of Labour Use in the Swedish Banking Industry: A Stochastic Frontier Approach
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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|Date of creation:||01 Dec 1998|
|Date of revision:||13 Apr 1999|
|Publication status:||Published in Empirical Economics, 2000, pages 623-640.|
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