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Small firm finance and economic geography

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  • Jane S. Pollard

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This paper argues that firm finance is something of a 'black-box' in economic geography, a largely take-for-granted aspect of production. Focusing on small firms, the paper argues that firm finance warrants analysis, not simply to 'add' to knowledge and to form another sub-discipline of economic geography, but in order to further develop and refine our understanding of uneven development. The paper explores the neglect of firm finance in economic geography and highlights some of the contributions of literatures in eco-nomics and business. Finally, the paper outlines three points of intersection between these disparate, usually disciplinary-bound, literatures in business, economics, and economic geography: the place-bound nature of firms, the social character of economic relations, and third, the power relations and asymmetries inherent in financial relationships. These intersections are used to critique existing small firm finance literatures and to outline the contours of an emerging research agenda in economic geography. Copyright 2003, Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 3 (2003)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 429-452

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Handle: RePEc:oup:jecgeo:v:3:y:2003:i:4:p:429-452

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  2. Backman, Mikaela, 2013. "Banks and New Firm Formation," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 301, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
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  4. Maurizio La Rocca & Tiziana La Rocca & Alfio Cariola, 2011. "Capital Structure Decisions During a Firm's Life Cycle," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 37(1), pages 107-130, July.
  5. Gärtner, Stefan & Flögel, Franz, 2014. "Call for a Spatial Classification of Banking Systems through the Lens of SME Finance - Decentralized versus Centralized Banking in Germany as an Example," EconStor Preprints 97512, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.
  6. José Corpataux & Olivier Crevoisier & Thierry Theurillat, 2009. "The Expansion of the Finance Industry and Its Impact on the Economy: A Territorial Approach Based on Swiss Pension Funds," GRET Publications and Working Papers 07-09, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel.
  7. Anjali Kumar & Manuela Francisco, 2005. "Enterprise Size, Financing Patterns, and Credit Constraints in Brazil : Analysis of Data from the Investment Climate Assessment Survey," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7330.
  8. José Ernesto Amorós & Miguel Atienza & Gianni Romaní, 2008. "Formal and Informal Equity Funding in Chile," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 35(2 Year 20), pages 179-194, December.
  9. Masagus M. Ridhwan & Henri L.F. de Groot & Piet Rietveld & Peter Nijkamp, 2012. "Regional Interest Rate Variations: Evidence from the Indonesian Credit Markets," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-073/3, Tinbergen Institute.

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