Malmquist Indices of Productivity Change in Australian Financial Services

Worthington, Andrew C. (1999) Malmquist Indices of Productivity Change in Australian Financial Services. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 9(3), pp. 303-320.

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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 two hundred and sixty-nine Australian credit unions. The results indicate that most credit unions experienced technological progress after deregulation, and that any efficiency gain found was largely the result of improvements in technical efficiency rather than scale efficiency. That productivity growth which did occur due to an increase in efficiency over the period tended to be in credit unions with a small number of members and a large asset base, whilst technical progress was most pronounced in institutions with a relatively high proportion of residential and commercial loans.

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ID Code: 2682
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Technical and scale efficiency, Non, bank financial institutions, nonparametric techniques
DOI: 10.1016/S1042-4431(99)00013-X
ISSN: 1042-4431
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > ECONOMETRICS (140300) > Econometrics not elsewhere classified (140399)
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 1999 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:26

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