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Commercial Bank Lending to SMEs in Poland

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  • Melanie Feakins

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This paper explores the processes of financial intermediation that are used by commercial banks in their interactions with SMEs in Poland. The paper develops an argument for examining the empirical realities of commercial bank involvement with the SME sector within the context of economic transformation by suggesting that the connection between them influences the trajectories of economic change within transition. The paper provides a history of re-organisation of the commercial banking sector in Poland, paying particular attention to the involvement of foreign capital and foreign banks as the trend towards increasing foreign participation is apparent in the Central European transition economies. The findings from this research suggest that there are some significant variations within the commercial banking sector in the approach to, and practices for, lending to the SME sector.

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  • Melanie Feakins, 2004. "Commercial Bank Lending to SMEs in Poland," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 23(1), pages 51-70, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:23:y:2004:i:1:p:51-70
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    1. Petrick, Martin, 2008. "Theoretical and methodological topics in the institutional economics of European agriculture. With applications to farm organisation and rural credit arrangements," Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector in Transition Economies, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), volume 45, number 92318.
    2. Aleksandr Kljucnikov & Jaroslav Belas, 2016. "Approaches Of Czech Entrepreneurs To Debt Financing And Management Of Credit Risk," Equilibrium. Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economic Policy, Institute of Economic Research, vol. 11(2), pages 343-365, June.
    3. Petrick, Martin & Latruffe, Laure, 2005. "The Determinants of Polish Farmers' Credit Interest Rates: Hedonic Price Analysis and Implications for Government Policy," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24757, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. Zambaldi, Felipe & Aranha, Francisco & Lopes, Hedibert & Politi, Ricardo, 2011. "Credit granting to small firms: A Brazilian case," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 64(3), pages 309-315, March.

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