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The impact of regional and demographic factors on the efficiency of German savings banks

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  • Conrad, Alexander
  • Neuberger, Doris
  • Trigo Gamarra, Lucinda

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This paper examines the influence of environmental factors on technical, cost, scale and revenue efficiency of German savings banks in 2001-2005. Taking into account growing regional disparities in economic wealth and population size, it differentiates between declining and growing regions. Regional and demographic factors explain part of the variation in efficiency levels. Population density and branch penetration positively affect efficiency in growing regions. A negative impact of economic power and a positive impact of competitive pressure on efficiency support the quiet life hypothesis. In declining regions, a larger share of elder people reduces bank efficiency. Savings banks seem to be well adapted to unfavorable environmental conditions.

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  • Conrad, Alexander & Neuberger, Doris & Trigo Gamarra, Lucinda, 2009. "The impact of regional and demographic factors on the efficiency of German savings banks," Thuenen-Series of Applied Economic Theory 111, University of Rostock, Institute of Economics.
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    Keywords

    savings banks; efficiency; Data Envelopment Analysis; demographic change; regional disparities;
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    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics

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