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Bank–firms topology in Italy

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  • G. De Masi

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  • M. Gallegati

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An empirical analysis of the Italian system of banks and firms is carried out using the network theory. The emerging architecture of this economic network shows peculiar behaviors: (i) Multiple lending is very widespread; (ii) Small firms are preferentially financed by small banks; (iii) Large firms are financed by many banks; (iv) the ratio between loans and deposits is much higher for large banks than for small banks, while (v) strong size heterogeneity appears among co-financing banks, and (vi) the spanning-tree is very hierarchical. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

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  • G. De Masi & M. Gallegati, 2012. "Bank–firms topology in Italy," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 43(2), pages 851-866, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:43:y:2012:i:2:p:851-866
    DOI: 10.1007/s00181-011-0512-x
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