Efficiency of Labour Use in the Swedish Banking Industry: A Stochastic Frontier Approach
George E. Battese (),
Almas Heshmati and
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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
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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