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Abstract

This paper investigates the performance of Malaysian non-bank financial institutions during the period of 2000-2004. Several efficiency estimates of individual NBFIs are evaluated using the non-parametric Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) method. The findings suggest that during the period of study, scale inefficiency outweighs pure technical inefficiency in the Malaysian NBFI sector. We find that the merchant banks have exhibited a higher, technical efficiency compared to their peers. The empirical findings suggest that scale efficiency tends to be more sensitive to the exclusion of risk factors, implying that potential economies of scale may be overestimated when risk factors are excluded.

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