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Financing small and medium-size enterprises with factoring: global growth and its potential in eastern Europe

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  • Bakker, Marie-Renee
  • Klapper, Leora
  • Udell, Gregory F.

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Factoring is a form of asset-based finance where the credit is extended based on the value of the borrower's accounts receivable. In recent years factoring has experienced phenomenal growth and has become an important source of financing-especially short-term working capital-for small and medium-size enterprises and corporations, reaching a worldwide volume of 760 billion euro in 2003. Although the importance of factoring varies considerably around the world, it occurs in most countries and is growing especially quickly in many developing countries. The authors explore the advantages of factoring over other types of lending for firms in developing economies, and discuss the informational, legal, tax, and regulatory barriers to its growth. They also examine the role of factoring in the eight Eastern European countries that became EU members on May 1, 2004-the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia, referred to as the EU 8. The authors conclude that factoring offers key advantages over other lending products and is likely to become more important in these countries, and suggest policies to accelerate its development.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3342.

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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3342

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Keywords: Financial Intermediation; International Terrorism&Counterterrorism; Banking Law; Banks&Banking Reform; Payment Systems&Infrastructure; Banks&Banking Reform; Banking Law; Financial Intermediation; International Terrorism&Counterterrorism; Economic Theory&Research;

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  1. Sopranzetti, Ben J., 1998. "The economics of factoring accounts receivable," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 50(4), pages 339-359, July.
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  1. Berger, Allen N. & Udell, Gregory F., 2005. "A more complete conceptual framework for financing of small and medium enterprises," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3795, The World Bank.
  2. Hirofumi Uchida & Gregory F. Udell & Nobuyoshi Yamori, 2006. "SME financing and the choice of lending technology," Discussion papers, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) 06025, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  3. De Haas, Ralph & Naaborg, Ilko, 2006. "Foreign banks in transition countries. To whom do they lend and how are they financed?," MPRA Paper 6320, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Ralph de Haas & Ilko Naaborg, 2005. "Foreign Banks in Transition Economies: Small Business Lending and Internal Capital Markets," International Finance, EconWPA 0504004, EconWPA.
  5. Kenshi Taketa & Gregory F. Udell, 2007. "Lending Channels and Financial Shocks: The Case of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Trade Credit and the Japanese Banking Crisis," Monetary and Economic Studies, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan, vol. 25(2), pages 1-44, November.
  6. Berger, Allen N. & Udell, Gregory F., 2006. "A more complete conceptual framework for SME finance," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 30(11), pages 2945-2966, November.

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