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Liquidity Constraint on the Production of Firms in Southern Italy

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  • Domenico Sarno

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The paper shows how small and medium enterprises located in the less developed regions of Southern Italy face higher liquidity constraints compared to the firms in the Central-Northern Italian regions. The reasons for these constraints are the undersized nature of firms and higher risk of business activity. Consequently, credit rationing is more extensive. In order to analyse the effects on the potential growth of firms’ production, a simple model is presented, followed by estimates for growth. The results confirm the existence of a bottleneck of financial resources devoted to current finance production that limits the accumulation of working capital even when faced with favourable market opportunities. Copyright Springer 2005

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Small Business Economics.

Volume (Year): 25 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (09)
Pages: 133-146

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Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:25:y:2005:i:2:p:133-146

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  1. Paola Sapienza, 2002. "The Effects of Banking Mergers on Loan Contracts," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 57(1), pages 329-367, 02.
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Cited by:
  1. Filipe Silva & Carlos Carreira, 2009. "No Deep Pockets: Some stylized results on firms' financial constraints," GEMF Working Papers 2009-06, GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra.
  2. Domenico Sarno, 2007. "Financial structure and Southern Italy firms’ growth," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 2, May.
  3. Coad, Alex, 2010. "Neoclassical vs evolutionary theories of financial constraints: Critique and prospectus," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 21(3), pages 206-218, August.
  4. Michael Grimm & Simon Lange & Jann Lay, 2011. "Credit-constrained in risky activities? The determinants of capital stocks of micro and small firms in Western Africa," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 104, Courant Research Centre PEG.

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