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European financial crisis and bank productivity: evidence from Eastern European Countries

Ilias S. Kevork, Christos Kollias, Panayiotis Tzeremes and Nickolaos G. Tzeremes

Applied Economics Letters, 2018, vol. 25, issue 4, 283-289

Abstract: The paper examines the productivity levels of the largest banks operating in the Eastern European countries over the period of the ongoing European financial crisis. Specifically, the analysis covers the periods of U.S. subprime crisis, the global financial crisis and the sovereign debt crisis. By adopting a fully nonparametric framework, it provides a probabilistic version of a directional input-oriented Malmquist productivity index alongside with its main decomposition. The results from the analysis suggest that banks have faced a deterioration of their productivity levels between the examined periods. It is evident that during the initiation of European sovereign debt crisis, the banks have weakened their ability to utilize efficiently their inputs of production and their ability to realize scale economies.

Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2017.1319548

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