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A note on management efficiency and international banking. Some empirical panel evidence

Franz Hahn

Journal of Applied Economics, 2009, vol. 12, 69-81

Abstract: This analysis focuses on the assumption that management efficiency is one of the most important company-specific factors affecting a banks international activities. The theoretical results on whether good or bad management influences international activities in banking are mixed. We attempt to let the data speak for itself, applying advanced panel-econometric regression models to a dataset covering 747 universal banks based in Austria for the period running from 1995 to 2002. The dataset is unique in the sense that it provides almost full coverage of a banking sector at the company level that expanded foreign operations during the period covered on an unprecedented scale at the time. We find that management efficiency as measured by X-efficiency affects the degree of a banks international orientation positively. In addition, risk-based capital and international orientation in banking is positively related.

Keywords: efficiency measurement; data envelopment analysis; international banking (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 C52 F36 G21 G24 G34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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