Explaining Efficiency Differences Among Large German and Austrian Banks

Author/Editor:

David Hauner

Publication Date:

August 1, 2004

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Cost-efficiency, scale efficiency, and productivity change are estimated by data envelopment analysis; and cost-efficiency is regressed on explanatory variables. No evidence is found for average productivity responding to deregulation over the period studied. State-owned banks are found to be more cost-efficient (likely owing to cheaper funds) and cooperative banks to be about as cost-efficient as private banks. Increasing economies of scale but decreasing economies of scope provide rationale for M&As among banks with similar product portfolios. Interbank and capital market funding is found to be more cost-efficient than deposits when the cost of retail networks is controlled for.

Series:

Working Paper No. 04/140

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2004

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451856156/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1402004

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

23

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