Trade Credit in Small and Medium Size Firms: An Application of the System Estimator With Panel Data
AbstractFinancing through suppliers is a subject that has been little studied in the economic literature in general and in corporate finance in particular. Although several hypotheses have been put forward to explain the different reasons behind this phenomenon, trade credit is not based on a general theory. This study provides empirical evidence about factors determining the use of trade credit for a sample of small and medium size firms, which are potentially the firms that would follow this financing route, since they are more rationed in credit markets. Using a panel of Canary-Island firms from 1990 to 1996, and by means of specifications with the system estimator, results reveal that trade credit leads to a reduction in asymmetric information between firms and their financial backers, as well as in transaction costs. Furthermore, we confirm the theory that companies with easier access to institutional finance act as a credit channel for those with greater difficulties to obtain external funds. Copyright Springer 2006
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Volume (Year): 27 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
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asymmetric information; panel data; system estimator; trade credit; transaction costs; D920; G30; M130;
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