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Small Business Reliance on Bank Financing in Ghana

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  • Joshua Abor
  • Nicholas Biekpe

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Financing has been identified as a dominant constraint to Ghanaian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This study explores the determinants of bank financing and debt among Ghanaian SMEs. A panel regression model estimates the relation between the determinants and the bank-debt ratio. The results reveal that bank loans account for less than a quarter of SMEs' total debt financing, and show that the age and size of the firm, along with asset tangibility, have significantly positive associations with the bank-debt ratio. Profitability is significantly and negatively related to the bank-debt ratio. These findings have significant implications both at the firm level and for the support of policies aimed at improving SME financing in Ghana.

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  • Joshua Abor & Nicholas Biekpe, 2007. "Small Business Reliance on Bank Financing in Ghana," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(4), pages 93-102, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:emfitr:v:43:y:2007:i:4:p:93-102
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    bank loans; debts; financing; Ghana; SMEs;

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