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How will a credit crunch affect small business finance?


  • Gregory F. Udell


This Economic Letter explores how the credit crunch might affect small business access to finance. While it is not possible to know how severe this credit crunch will become, researchers can explore how the crunch could affect small business finance. We begin our analysis by looking at how small businesses access external sources of finance. Then we consider how these sources might be affected by the crunch.

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  • Gregory F. Udell, 2009. "How will a credit crunch affect small business finance?," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue mar6.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfel:y:2009:i:mar6:n:2009-09

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    1. Berger, Allen N. & Miller, Nathan H. & Petersen, Mitchell A. & Rajan, Raghuram G. & Stein, Jeremy C., 2005. "Does function follow organizational form? Evidence from the lending practices of large and small banks," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 76(2), pages 237-269, May.
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    1. Gregory F Udell, 2015. "SME Access to Intermediated Credit: What Do We Know and What Don't We Know?," RBA Annual Conference Volume,in: Angus Moore & John Simon (ed.), Small Business Conditions and Finance Reserve Bank of Australia.
    2. Horst Rottmann & Timo Wollmershäuser, 2013. "A micro data approach to the identification of credit crunches," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(17), pages 2423-2441, June.
    3. Holmberg, Ulf, 2012. "The Credit Market and the Determinants of Credit Crunches: An Agent Based Modeling Approach," Umeå Economic Studies 836, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
    4. Mac an Bhaird, Ciarán, 2013. "Demand for debt and equity before and after the financial crisis," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 105-117.
    5. Harald Oberhofer, 2014. "Die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der österreichischen Exportwirtschaft: Die Rolle der KMUs," FIW Policy Brief series 025, FIW.
    6. Werner Hölzl & Andreas Reinstaller, 2013. "Financing Constraints of Technology-based Start-up Firms. Results of a Survey," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 86(8), pages 649-662, August.


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