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The Number of Bank Relationships of SMEs: A Disaggregated Analysis of Changes in the Swiss Loan Market

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  • Doris Neuberger
  • Solvig Räthke
  • Christoph Schacht

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This paper investigates changes in the number of bank relationships of small and medium‐sized enterprises in Switzerland from 1996 to 2002. It differentiates between overall bank relationships and lending relationships and disaggregates the loan market with respect to firm sizes, industries and banking groups. On average, bank lending declined, and the concentration of lending relationships increased. The changes seem to have been driven by demand and supply for medium‐sized firms, but only by supply for micro and small firms. Supply‐side reductions resulted from a merger and changes in credit risk management by major banks. We find evidence of increasing specialization of larger banks on transaction lending and of smaller and regional banks on relationship lending.

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  • Doris Neuberger & Solvig Räthke & Christoph Schacht, 2006. "The Number of Bank Relationships of SMEs: A Disaggregated Analysis of Changes in the Swiss Loan Market," Economic Notes, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, vol. 35(3), pages 319-353, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecnote:v:35:y:2006:i:3:p:319-353
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0300.2006.00168.x
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