Technical Efficiency and Technological Change in Australian Building Societies

Worthington, Andrew C. (2000) Technical Efficiency and Technological Change in Australian Building Societies. Abacus, 36(2), pp. 189-197.

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In this study the nature and extent of efficiency and productivity growth in deposit-taking institutions is investigated using nonparametric frontier techniques. Employing Malmquist indices, productivity growth is decomposed into technical efficiency change and technological change for a sample of Australian building societies. The results indicate that most building societies experienced productivity gain in the past several years, and this was largely the result of technological progress rather than efficiency improvements. That productivity growth which did occur due to an increase in efficiency over the period tended to be the result of improvements in scale efficiency, whilst efficiency gain was most pronounced in building societies with a high ratio of net interest income and non-interest income to total assets, low operating expense ratios, and relatively high expenditures on marketing and promotion.

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ID Code: 2656
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Production frontiers, Technological progress, Technical efficiency, building societies
DOI: 10.1111/1467-6281.00059
ISSN: 1467-6281
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Financial Economics (140207)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BANKING FINANCE AND INVESTMENT (150200) > Financial Institutions (incl. Banking) (150203)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 24 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:26

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