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International trade, risk and the role of banks

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  • Niepmann, Friederike
  • Schmidt-Eisenlohr, Tim

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International trade exposes exporters and importers to substantial risks. To mitigate these risks, firms can buy special trade finance products from banks. Based on unique data with global coverage, this paper explores under which conditions and to what extent firms use these products. 15% or $2.5 trillion of world exports are settled with letters of credit and documentary collections. Letters of credit are employed the most for exports to countries with intermediate contract enforcement, and they are used for riskier destinations than documentary collections. The 2007/2008 financial crisis affected firms' payment choices, pushing them to use more letters of credit. These patterns follow naturally from a model of payment contracts in international trade.

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  • Niepmann, Friederike & Schmidt-Eisenlohr, Tim, 2017. "International trade, risk and the role of banks," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 107(C), pages 111-126.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:inecon:v:107:y:2017:i:c:p:111-126
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jinteco.2017.03.007
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    Keywords

    Trade finance; Multinational banks; Risk; Letter of credit;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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