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Performance of financial institutions in Bhutan

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  • 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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  • Rahut, Dil Bahadur & Velásquez, Castellanos Iván & Sahoo, Pravakar, 2010. "Performance of financial institutions in Bhutan," IDE Discussion Papers 256, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
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    Keywords

    Bhutan; Financial institutions; Performance; Deposit; Net income;

    JEL classification:

    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance

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