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Evaluating the Performance of Agricultural Bank Management: The Impact of State Regulatory Policies

Posted: 20 Sep 2000  

Barnard K.N. Armah

University of Georgia

Timothy A. Park

Economic Research Service, USDA

C.A. Knox Lovell

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics

Abstract

We evaluate agricultural bank management performance, focusing on the impacts of interstate banking laws on productivity change. The generalized Malmquist productivity index decomposes productivity change into technological change, technical efficiency change, and change in scale economies. While managerial productivity rose from 1982 to 1991, states that adopted the most liberal interstate banking laws experienced the greatest improvement in productivity. Large agricultural banks were more efficient in states that had more liberalized interstate banking laws while small agricultural banks fared better in states with more restrictive laws.

Keywords: Generalized Malmquist index, interstate banking, productivity change

JEL Classification: G21, Q14

Suggested Citation

Armah, Barnard K.N. and Park, Timothy A. and Lovell, C.A. Knox, Evaluating the Performance of Agricultural Bank Management: The Impact of State Regulatory Policies. Journal of Agriculture and Applied Economics, Vol. 31, Number 3, December 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=237095

Barnard K.N. Armah

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602
United States

Timothy A. Park (Contact Author)

Economic Research Service, USDA ( email )

Washington, DC 22207
United States
(202)694-5446 (Phone)

C.A. Knox Lovell

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States
706-542-3689 (Phone)

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