Journal of Financial Services Research

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 235–248

Regularity conditions and scope estimates: The case of large-sized U.S. banks

  • Athanasios G. Noulas
  • Stephen M. Miller
  • Subhash C. Ray

DOI: 10.1007/BF01047012

Cite this article as:
Noulas, A.G., Miller, S.M. & Ray, S.C. J Finan Serv Res (1993) 7: 235. doi:10.1007/BF01047012


We consider economies and diseconomies of scope for large U.S. banks by employing ordinary and hybrid translog cost functions. We examine the regularity conditions in output space where scope estimates are calculated and reject all models for which these conditions fail. The translog model always possesses violations. For the hybrid translog, violations occur in every case except one. In this one case, we find economies of scope.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Athanasios G. Noulas
    • 1
  • Stephen M. Miller
    • 2
  • Subhash C. Ray
    • 3
  1. 1.Economics, Department of EconomicsSeton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA