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Trade and finance: is there more than just 'trade finance'? Evidence from matched bank-firm data

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  • Silvia Del Prete

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    (Bank of Italy)

  • Stefano Federico

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    (Bank of Italy)

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Using unique matched bank-firm data on export, import and ordinary loans for a large sample of Italian manufacturing exporters for the years 2007-2010, this paper investigates the role of trade finance in a credit shock. We find that the credit shock faced by exporters in the aftermath of the Lehman Brothers' collapse was due more to a diminished availability of ordinary loans than to specific constraints in trade finance. We also show that the credit shock had a negative impact on exports: firms, especially financially distressed ones, that borrowed from banks which were more exposed to a negative funding shock exported less compared with firms that borrowed from less exposed intermediaries.

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Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) with number 948.

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Handle: RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_948_14

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Keywords: trade finance; trade collapse; credit shocks; export loans;

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  1. Friederike Niepmann & Tim Schmidt-Eisenlohr, 2014. "No Guarantees, No Trade: How Banks Affect Export Patterns," CESifo Working Paper Series 4650, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Friederike Niepmann & Tim Schmidt-Eisenlohr, 2014. "International Trade, Risk and the Role of Banks," CESifo Working Paper Series 4761, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Friederike Niepmann & Tim Schmidt-Eisenlohr, 2013. "Banks in international trade finance: evidence from the U.S," Staff Reports 633, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  4. Federico Cingano & Francesco Manaresi & Enrico Sette, 2013. "Does credit crunch investments down? New evidence on the real effects of the bank-lending channel," Mo.Fi.R. Working Papers 91, Money and Finance Research group (Mo.Fi.R.) - Univ. Politecnica Marche - Dept. Economic and Social Sciences.

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