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Driving force or obstruction? The impacts of financial supervision and structural changes on the productivity of the Credit Departments of Farmers’ Associations

Driving force or obstruction? The impacts of financial supervision and structural changes on the... Purpose– In Taiwan, owing to the defects of the management system, the percentage of non-performing loans of the Credit Departments of Farmers’ Associations (CDFAs) has increased markedly. The government has thus imposed a series of financial reforms on them over the years. The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of public policies on the CDFAs’ performance and check if they are a driving force or obstruction? Design/methodology/approach– This study uses the generalized Meta-frontier Malmquist Productivity Index (MMPI) framework to estimate the productivity dynamics for various types of CDFAs during 2000-2009. Moreover, the proposition of whether financial supervision and structural change played the role of driving force or obstruction on productivity changes of CDFAs is also examined. Findings– The empirical results show that the productivity of CDFAs decreased year on year despite the policies. The sources resulting in the decline were mainly from technical change and technical efficiency. Meanwhile, the productivity performance of urban Farmers’ Associations was the best, followed by that of rural and hybrid ones. As for the determinants, it was found that small financial reforms and the financial tsunami caused a decrease in the productivity of CDFAs. Furthermore, increasing the number of competitive financial institutions, expanding the scale of the arable lands of peasant households, increasing the proportion of dry lands, decreasing the area of fallow lands and increasing the ratio of peasant households helped increase the productivity of CDFAs. Originality/value– This study uses the generalized MMPI model to observe productivity dynamics in order to analyze changes in the productivity of different types of CDFAs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Agricultural Economic Review Emerald Publishing

Driving force or obstruction? The impacts of financial supervision and structural changes on the productivity of the Credit Departments of Farmers’ Associations

China Agricultural Economic Review , Volume 8 (2): 21 – May 3, 2016

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1756-137X
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10.1108/CAER-09-2014-0098
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Abstract

Purpose– In Taiwan, owing to the defects of the management system, the percentage of non-performing loans of the Credit Departments of Farmers’ Associations (CDFAs) has increased markedly. The government has thus imposed a series of financial reforms on them over the years. The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of public policies on the CDFAs’ performance and check if they are a driving force or obstruction? Design/methodology/approach– This study uses the generalized Meta-frontier Malmquist Productivity Index (MMPI) framework to estimate the productivity dynamics for various types of CDFAs during 2000-2009. Moreover, the proposition of whether financial supervision and structural change played the role of driving force or obstruction on productivity changes of CDFAs is also examined. Findings– The empirical results show that the productivity of CDFAs decreased year on year despite the policies. The sources resulting in the decline were mainly from technical change and technical efficiency. Meanwhile, the productivity performance of urban Farmers’ Associations was the best, followed by that of rural and hybrid ones. As for the determinants, it was found that small financial reforms and the financial tsunami caused a decrease in the productivity of CDFAs. Furthermore, increasing the number of competitive financial institutions, expanding the scale of the arable lands of peasant households, increasing the proportion of dry lands, decreasing the area of fallow lands and increasing the ratio of peasant households helped increase the productivity of CDFAs. Originality/value– This study uses the generalized MMPI model to observe productivity dynamics in order to analyze changes in the productivity of different types of CDFAs.

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China Agricultural Economic ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: May 3, 2016

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