Cost X-efficiency in China's banking sector
Xiaoqing (Maggie) FU1; Shelagh HEFFERNAN2
Source PublicationChina Economic Review
ABS Journal Level2

Employing the stochastic frontier approach, this paper investigates cost X-efficiency in China's banking sector over the period 1985-2002. The objective is to assess whether different ownership types and banking reforms affect X-efficiency. A two-stage regression model is estimated to identify the significant variables influencing X-efficiency. Overall, the results show that banks are operating 40-60% below the X-efficiency frontier. On average, the joint-stock banks are found to be more X-efficient than the state-owned commercial banks, but individual scores present a far more complex picture. It appears that X-efficiency was higher during the first phase of bank reform. Recent policies aimed at increased privatisation, greater foreign bank participation, and liberalised interest rates should help to improve the cost X-efficiency of China's banks.

KeywordBank Reforms Cost X-efficiency Joint Stock Banks Stochastic Frontier Analysis
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WOS Research AreaBusiness & Economics
WOS SubjectEconomics
WOS IDWOS:000244141000003
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Corresponding AuthorShelagh HEFFERNAN
Affiliation1.Business Administration, University of Macau, Macau, China
2.Banking and Finance, Faculty of Finance, Cass Business School, City University,106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Xiaoqing ,Shelagh HEFFERNAN. Cost X-efficiency in China's banking sector[J]. China Economic Review,2007,18(1):35-53.
APA Xiaoqing ,&Shelagh HEFFERNAN.(2007).Cost X-efficiency in China's banking sector.China Economic Review,18(1),35-53.
MLA Xiaoqing ,et al."Cost X-efficiency in China's banking sector".China Economic Review 18.1(2007):35-53.
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