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Public policy in support of small business: the American experience

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  • Ben R Craig
  • William E Jackson, III
  • James B Thomson

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Information problems in small enterprise credit markets can result in a market equilibrium characterized by credit rationing. These information problems are potentially more severe during sharp economic downturns such as the recent Great Recession. Government interventions to alleviate credit constraints on small firms need to be designed to correct the specific market failure resulting in socially suboptimal credit flows. We argue that Small Business Administration loan guarantees are a potentially appropriate intervention and provide a review of empirical research that supports our contention.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its series Working Paper with number 1116.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcwp:1116

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Keywords: Small business - Finance ; Small Business Administration ; Financial markets;

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  1. Should small businesses be encouraged?
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2011-09-29 14:17:00

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