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Are Italian mutual banks efficient? Evidence from two different cost frontier techniques

By Lopez J, Appennini A and Rossi S

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The aim of this paper is to analyze the efficiency of co-operative banks in Italy.\ud The increasing competition induced by the ongoing process of liberalization in\ud Europe has been affecting also these small financial institutions that used to\ud operate in a more protected environment. Based on a panel of about 450 banks\ud covering the period 1995-99, we employ two different techniques: nonparametric\ud frontier analysis, and parametric frontier analysis. By means of this\ud analysis it is possible to compare the results obtained using these two\ud methodologies and analyze the determinants of bank inefficiency.Are Italian mutual banks efficient? Evidence from two different cost frontier techniques, by Juan Sergio Lopez, Alessandra Appenini, and Stefania P.S. Rossi. The aim of this contribution is to analyze the efficiency of co-operative banks in Italy. The increasing competition induced by the ongoing process of liberalization in Europe has been affecting also these small financial institutions that used to operate in a more protected environment. Based on a panel of about 450 banks covering the period 1995-99, two different techniques were employed: non-parametric frontier analysis, and parametric frontier analysis. By means of this analysis it is possible to compare the results obtained using these two methodologies and analyze the determinants of bank inefficienc

Topics: bank efficiency, cooperative banks, mutual banks, DEA,\ud stochastic cost frontier
Publisher: Société Universitaire Européenne de Recherches Financiére (SUERF)
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:arts.units.it:11368/2900426
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