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Finance and Economics Discussion Series logo links to FEDS home page The Economic Effects of Technological Progress: Evidence from the Banking Industry
Allen N. Berger

Abstract: This paper examines technological progress and its effects in the banking industry. Banks are intensive users of both IT and financial technologies, and have a wealth of data available that may be helpful for the general understanding of the effects of technological change. The research suggests improvements in costs and lending capacity due to improvements in "back-office" technologies, as well as consumer benefits from improved "front-office" technologies. The research also suggests significant overall productivity increases in terms of improved quality and variety of banking services. In addition, the research indicates that technological progress likely helped facilitate consolidation of the industry.

Keywords: Technological progress, productivity, banks, mergers, efficiency

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