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Small Firm Lending Contracts: Do Banks Differentiate between Firms?

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  • Marc Cowling

    (University Warwick)

  • Roger Sugden

    (University of Birmingham)

Abstract

This paper examines the role of interest rates and securities within the context of the small firm - bank lending relationship and questions whether banks alter their lending conditions on the basis of specific firm characteristics and the nature of the borrowing undertaken. The results suggest that the imposition of full collateralization reduces the role of interest rates considerably, although there is evidence of banks exercising their market power in more costly lending of the smallest of firms.

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  • Marc Cowling & Roger Sugden, 1995. "Small Firm Lending Contracts: Do Banks Differentiate between Firms?," Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, vol. 4(1), pages 87-98, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:pep:journl:v:4:y:1995:i:1:p:87-98
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    1. Chan, Yuk-Shee & Thakor, Anjan V, 1987. " Collateral and Competitive Equilibria with Moral Hazard and Private Information," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 42(2), pages 345-363, June.
    2. Berger, Allen N. & Udell, Gregory F., 1990. "Collateral, loan quality and bank risk," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(1), pages 21-42, January.
    3. Barro, Robert J, 1976. "The Loan Market, Collateral, and Rates of Interest," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 8(4), pages 439-456, November.
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    Keywords

    Small Firms; Small Business; Lending Contracts;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • 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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