The Performance of Saudi Banking Industry 2000 -2011: Have the Banks Distinguished Themselves from One Another?

Bukhari M. S. Sillah, Imran khokhar, Muhammad Nauman Khan


This paper studies the technical efficiency of Saudi banking sector using stochastic frontier model. A sample of 12 banks over the period 2000 - 2011 is selected to investigate their technical efficiencies in mobilizing deposits, allocating investments and generating income. The banks are categorized as Saudi-owned banks, Saudi - foreign owned banks and Islamic banks. The findings show some consistent pattern of these bank types; and there exist significant disparities among the banks in terms of technical efficiency. The banque Saudi Fransi stands out as a benchmark for the industry, and it is a Saudi -foreign owned bank type. The Saudi owned bank type has shown fluctuating performance during the period; and the Islamic bank type is not significantly different from Saudi-owned bank type.

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International Journal of Financial Research
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