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An efficiency analysis of banking systems: a comparison of European and United States large commercial banks using different functional forms

Bernardo Maggi and Stefania P. S. Rossi ()

Vienna Economics Papers from University of Vienna, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper aims at investigation the efficiency of European and U.S. commercial banks. Scale and scope economies indicators, as well as a measurement of X-efficiency are derived from three cost functions: Fourier flexible form, translog and Box-Cox. This allows checking the stability and the robustness of the evidence across the different specifications. Our results over the period 1995-98 show that overall the average cost curve is relatively flat with some evidence of scale efficiency gains. More puzzling are the results on the presence of scope economies.

JEL-codes: G21 C23 C52 D24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2003-04
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