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In the early bank cost literature many of the studies found scale elasticities significantly different from unity. As a result, the authors suggested that changes in industry structure could produce cost savings through increased efficiency. Recent bank cost studies improved upon previous methodologies by utilizing flexible functional forms, accounting for multiproduct production processes, estimating scale measures at both the branch and firm level, distinguishing between branch and unit bank technologies resulting from regulatory restrictions, etc. The typical finding from the recent studies is that relatively minor ...
(subscription required) attacking the ‘Four Pillars’ policy recently reindorsed by the Labor Treasurer. This policy limits mergers between the four major Australian banks. Professor Harper has two main arguments. One is that such a policy is unnecessary since the ACCC has the power to disallow mergers which it sees as not being in the national interest and, in making this determination, the ACCC would be able to sort out the cost-benefit case for allowing or disallowing mergers. The second argument is that the four major Australian are ‘bonsai banks’ that are ... Read More
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