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Efficiency of Labour Use in the Swedish Banking Industry: A Stochastic Frontier Approach

George E. Battese (), Almas Heshmati and Lennart Hjalmarsson
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George E. Battese: Department of Econometrics, University of New England, Postal: Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia

No 289, SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance from Stockholm School of Economics

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to analyse the impact of the deregulation of the Swedish banking industry in the mid-1980s, and the consequent banking crisis, on productive efficiency and productivity growth in the industry. An unbalanced panel of Swedish banks is studied over the period, 1984 to 1995. A total of 1275 observations are analysed for 156 banks that were observed for between two and twelve years. We adopt a translog stochastic frontier model to estimate the labour-use requirements in terms of the variables, loans, deposits, guarantees, number of branches and total inventories, together with the year of observation. The inefficiency effects in the labour-use frontier are modelled in terms of the number of branches, total inventories, the type of bank and year of observation.

Keywords: Labour demand; labour-use; technical efficiency; banking industry (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 D24 G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 1998-12-01, Revised 1999-04-13
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Published in Empirical Economics, 2000, pages 623-640.

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