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Do bank-firm relationships influence firm internationalization?

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  • Riccardo De Bonis

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    (Banca d'Italia, Economics and International Relations Area)

  • Giovanni Ferri

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    (Universit… di Bari)

  • Zeno Rotondi

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    (UniCredit Group, Head of Research and Competitors Benchmarking,, Retail Division)

Abstract

We show that a longer relationship length with the main bank fosters Italian firms' foreign direct investment (FDI) and, weakly, production off-shoring abroad. Possibly, longer bank relationships help secure external financing for these companies, which have become more opaque because of their internationalization. In contrast, other than for smaller-sized companies, we detect no impact on firms' propensity to export, suggesting that exporting alters enterprises' financial set-up less than shifting production internationally. We also find a link between the internationalization of the main creditor bank and firm FDIs. Our evidence suggests that reexisting strong bank-firm relationships support manufacturing firms' production internationalization.

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Paper provided by Money and Finance Research group (Mo.Fi.R.) - Univ. Politecnica Marche - Dept. Economic and Social Sciences in its series Mo.Fi.R. Working Papers with number 37.

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Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:anc:wmofir:37

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Keywords: bank-firm relationships; export; external finance; foreign direct investments; internationalization; off-shoring;

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  1. Francesca Bartoli & Giovanni Ferri & Pierluigi Murro & Zeno Rotondi, 2014. "Bank support and export: evidence from small Italian firms," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 42(2), pages 245-264, February.
  2. Nakhoda, Aadil, 2012. "The influence of financial leverage of firms on their international trading activities," MPRA Paper 35765, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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