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Relationship banking and SMEs: a theoretical analysis

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  • Baas, Timo
  • Schrooten, Mechthild

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Reliable information on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is rare and costly for financial intermediaries. To compensate for this, relationship banking is often considered as the appropriate lending technique in the case of SMEs. In this paper we offer a theoretical model to analyze the pricing behavior of banks in a Bertrand competition framework with monitoring costs. We show that the lack of reliable information leads to comparably high interest rates even if a long-term relationship between borrower and bank exists. The paper offers a theoretical explanation why SME managers consider external finance as a major constraint to their business.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number a470.

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Length: 24 p.
Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Handle: RePEc:hit:hituec:a470

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Keywords: Relationship Banking; Financial Constraints; Small and Medium Sized Enterprises; Accounting;

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  1. Ginés Hernández-Cánovas & Pedro Martínez-Solano, 2010. "Relationship lending and SME financing in the continental European bank-based system," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 34(4), pages 465-482, May.
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  3. Elmas Yaldiz Hanedar & Eleonora Broccardo & Flavio Bazzana, 2012. "Collateral Requirements of SMEs:The Evidence from Less–Developed Countries," Centro Studi di Banca e Finanza (CEFIN) (Center for Studies in Banking and Finance) 12111, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Facoltà di Economia "Marco Biagi".
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