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Credit sales and advance payments: Substitutes or complements?

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  • Mateut, Simona
  • Zanchettin, Piercarlo

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We investigate the interaction between supplier credit sales and customer advance payment. We find evidence that advance payments and credit sales are used as complementary terms of payment in international trade and in transactions of differentiated goods.

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  • Mateut, Simona & Zanchettin, Piercarlo, 2013. "Credit sales and advance payments: Substitutes or complements?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 173-176.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:118:y:2013:i:1:p:173-176 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.10.020
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    1. Mateut, Simona, 2014. "Reverse trade credit or default risk? Explaining the use of prepayments by firms," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 303-326.
    2. Kemal Turkcan, 2016. "Evolving Patterns of Payment Methods in Turkish Foreign Trade," World Journal of Applied Economics, WERI-World Economic Research Institute, pages 3-29.
    3. Katharina Eck & Martina Engemann & Monika Schnitzer, 2015. "How trade credits foster exporting," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 151(1), pages 73-101, February.

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    Keywords

    Trade credit; Advance payment; Complementarity; Substitutability; Signalling;

    JEL classification:

    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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