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Banking Efficiency in Visegrad Countries Before Joining the European Union

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  • Daniel Stavarek

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This paper is the first attempt to estimate commercial banks’ efficiency in the Visegrad region before joining the EU and also to consider differences in efficiency across the countries. Employing Data Envelopment Analysis, we analyze which of the banking sectors is the most efficient and whether there has been an improvement in banking intermediation efficiency since 1999. Incorporating censored Tobit regression analysis we try to detect whether the cross-country differences should be explained by country specific environmental factors or internal variables such as profitability, size or foreign ownership. Overall, the results suggest that since 1999 there has been, with the exception of Hungary, no improvement in efficiency, and its actual level reaches preferably moderate levels. Efficiency differences among Visegrad banking industries seem to be in the first place determined by country specific factors.

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  • Daniel Stavarek, 2003. "Banking Efficiency in Visegrad Countries Before Joining the European Union," Finance 0312010, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpfi:0312010
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    Keywords

    banking efficiency; Visegead countries; Data Envelopment Analysis; Tobit model; banking intermediation;
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    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C34 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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