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Trade credit, collateral liquidation, and borrowing constraints

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  • Fabbri, Daniela
  • Menichini, Anna Maria C.

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Assuming that firms' suppliers are better able to extract value from the liquidation of assets in default and have an information advantage over other creditors, the paper derives six predictions on the use of trade credit. (1) Financially unconstrained firms (with unused bank credit lines) take trade credit to exploit the supplier's liquidation advantage. (2) If inputs purchased on account are sufficiently liquid, the reliance on trade credit does not depend on credit rationing. (3) Firms buying goods make more purchases on account than those buying services, while suppliers of services offer more trade credit than those of standardized goods. (4) Suppliers lend inputs to their customers but not cash. (5) Greater reliance on trade credit is associated with more intensive use of tangible inputs. (6) Better creditor protection decreases both the use of trade credit and input tangibility.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Financial Economics.

Volume (Year): 96 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 413-432

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jfinec:v:96:y:2010:i:3:p:413-432

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Keywords: Trade credit Collateral Financial constraints Asset tangibility Creditor protection;

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