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The Use of Leasing in Financially Constrained Firms: An Analysis for European SMEs

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  • Ana Mol-Gomez-Vazquez

    () (Department of Financial Economics and Accounting, University of Alicante, Spain)

  • Gines Hernandez-Canovas

    () (Department of Financial Economics and Accounting, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain)

  • Johanna Köeter-Kant

    () (Department of Finance and Financial Sector Management, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Abstract

Severe informational asymmetries, small size, unreliable financial statements and lack of collateral hamper the access of SMEs to traditional sources of debt financing. We use a survey data set of 4,583 SMEs from 25 European countries to analyse whether the use of leasing as a form of financing could fill the financing gap of constrained SMEs. We do so analysing whether the use of leasing by SMEs is triggered by the existence of financial constraints. Our findings indicate that after controlling for firm, bank and country-specific characteristics the likelihood of using leasing increases for financially constrained SMEs, which confirms our hypothesis. This paper contributes to the debate about differences in the use of lease financing between constrained and unconstrained SMEs, providing to the best of our knowledge, the first international evidence using a survey assessment of self-declared financial constraints for SMEs.

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  • Ana Mol-Gomez-Vazquez & Gines Hernandez-Canovas & Johanna Köeter-Kant, 2019. "The Use of Leasing in Financially Constrained Firms: An Analysis for European SMEs," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 69(6), pages 538-557, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:fau:fauart:v:69:y:2019:i:6:p:538-557
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    Keywords

    lease financing; European SMEs; financial constraints; informational asymmetries;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • 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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