A metafrontier study of securities broker and dealer efficiency under zero-sum gains

Chin Yi Fang*, Jin Li Hu

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This paper studies the broker and dealer (B&D) efficiency across groups of securities firms under zero-sum gains (ZSG) framework from the concept of a metafrontier. Existing studies that estimate the firm-level efficiency using conventional data development analysis (DEA) neglect the 100% market share restriction. The empirical findings suggest that the conventional DEA model underestimates the efficiency of inefficient securities firms in Taiwan, as compared to the ZSG-DEA. The output-oriented technology gap ratio of a metafrontier indicates that the foreign ownership form has a significantly positive impact on efficiency in Taiwan. The financial holding companies (FHC) in Taiwan show insignificantly negative effects on their securities subsidiaries. Specialized securities brokerage firms (SBFs) have significantly higher efficiency than Non-FHC's integrated securities firms (ISFs). These results prove that the financial reform triggered by the government is not able to improve B&D efficiency in the securities industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-34
Number of pages10
JournalInvestment Management and Financial Innovations
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Metafrontier
  • Ownership
  • Technology gap ratio
  • Zero-sum gains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management


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