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Performance of financial institutions in Bhutan

  • Rahut, Dil Bahadur
  • Velásquez Castellanos, Iván
  • Sahoo, Pravakar
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    The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small landlocked country in South Asia, located in the eastern Himalayas, and bordered by India and China. Bhutan is a small and fragile economy with a population of about 687,000. Nevertheless, its banking system plays an essential role in the growth and development of the country. This paper analyzes the financial performance, the development and growth of bank and non-bank financial institutions of Bhutan for the period 1999-2008 using both traditional and data envelopment analysis (DEA). The DEA analysis shows that financial institutions in are efficient and Bhutan National Bank has been the most efficient one. Overall, the paper finds that the ROE of the financial institutions in Bhutan are comparable to the international banks.

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    Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 256.

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    Date of creation: 2010
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    Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 256. 2010
    Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper256
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