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The Determinants of Trade Credit in Transition Countries

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  • Anne-France Delannay
  • Laurent Weill

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The paper investigates the determinants of trade credit in transition countries. Traditional theories of trade credit extension suggest that both financial and commercial motives may induce non-financial companies to assume a role of financial intermediation. Furthermore, specific conditions of financing for companies in transition countries may reserve to trade credit an important role in financial structure. We test the determinants of accounts receivable and accounts payable on a sample of about 9300 companies from nine Central and Eastern European Countries. Results suggest that both financial and commercial motives explain the credit behaviour of firms. However, we do not find generalised patterns in the use of trade credit among all transition countries. Copyright Springer 2005

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  • Anne-France Delannay & Laurent Weill, 2005. "The Determinants of Trade Credit in Transition Countries," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 37(3), pages 173-193, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:ecopln:v:37:y:2005:i:3:p:173-193
    DOI: 10.1007/s10644-005-5062-9
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    Keywords

    trade credit; transition economies; G32; P34;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • P34 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Finance

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