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The impact of soft information and institutional quality on foreign bank efficiency – Evidence from ASEAN-5 countries

Sok-Gee Chan, Bora Aktan, Bruce Burton () and Eric H.Y. Koh

International Review of Economics & Finance, 2021, vol. 74, issue C, 23-32

Abstract: This paper provides evidence regarding the impact of soft information on foreign bank efficiency in the ASEAN-5 market in the years following the Asian crisis. The analysis presented here develops previous literature by disaggregating soft information into five difference types and examining whether institutional quality (proxied for by host-country economic risk stability index) mitigates the impact. Using a three-stage estimation process we find that soft information does indeed affect foreign banks’ efficiencies in an identifiable manner, but host-country institutional quality acts so as to significantly lessen the effect.

Keywords: Foreign bank efficiency; Soft information; Institutional quality; ASEAN-5; Data envelopment analysis; Generalized method of moments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G15 G21 G34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.iref.2021.01.017

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