A Cross-Country Nonparametric Analysis of Bahrain's Banking System

17 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2006

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David Grigorian

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Vlad Manole

Rutgers University, Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2005

Abstract

Bahrain`s financial sector development strategy succeeded in building a leading regional banking center, which has become one of the main engines of growth and sources of employment. Although the simulations conducted in the paper suggest that the banking sector in Bahrain continues to occupy a front-runner position among those in a sample of member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, they also reveal that: (i) as expected, banks in Bahrain still lag behind their Singaporean counterparts, and (ii) there is strong competition from other countries in the region. The paper also finds that in terms of scale efficiency, the banks in Bahrain operate at the same level as banks in Singapore and their closest competitors in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The results appear to be robust with respect to changes in the sample size and model specifications.

Keywords: Data Envelopment Analysis, banking efficiency, Bahrain

JEL Classification: C14, G21

Suggested Citation

Grigorian, David A. and Manole, Vlad, A Cross-Country Nonparametric Analysis of Bahrain's Banking System (June 2005). IMF Working Paper, Vol. , pp. 1-17, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=887986

David A. Grigorian (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Vlad Manole

Rutgers University, Department of Economics ( email )

360 Martin Luther King Jr.
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

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