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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

1997

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Charles Lamberton

Abstract

In this study, economies of scale and scope are derived for rural, agriculturally based financial institutions in South Dakota. The empirical estimation included in this study uses cost function analyses via Shephard's lemma and Zellner's seemingly unrelated regression parameter estimation procedure. The results suggest that financial institutions can receive cost advantages by increasing their scale of operations and by diversifying their outputs.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Financial institutions -- Costs -- South Dakota
Economies of scale

Format

application/pdf

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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