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Productivity Growth and Efficiency in Indian Banking: A Comparison of Public, Private, and Foreign Banks

  • T. T. Ram Mohan

    (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad)

  • Subhash Ray

    (University of Connecticut)

India's public sector banks (PSBs) are compared unfavorably with their private sector counterparts, domestic and foreign. This comparison rests, for the most part, on financial measures of performance, and such a comparison provides much of the rationale for privatization of PSBs.In this paper, we attempt a comparison between PSBs and their private sector counterparts based on measures of productivity that use quantities of outputs and inputs. We employ two measures of productivity: Tornqvist and Malmquist total factor productivity growth. We attempt these comparisons over the period 1992-2000, comparing PSBs with both domestic private and foreign banks. Out of a total of four comparisons we have made, there are no differences in three cases, PSBs do better in two, and foreign banks in one. To put it differently, PSBs are seen to be at a disadvantage in only one out of six comparisons. It is difficult, therefore, to sustain the proposition that efficiency and productivity have been lower in public sector banks relative to their peers in the private sector.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2004-27.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2004
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2004-27
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