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Geographical Organization of Banking Systems and Innovation Diffusion

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  • Pietro Alessandrini

    (Universit… Politecnica delle Marche, MoFiR)

  • Andrea Filippo Presbitero

    (Universit… Politecnica delle Marche, MoFiR)

  • Alberto Zazzaro

    (Universit… Politecnica delle Marche, MoFiR)

Abstract

The empirical literature is largely supportive of the importance of financial constraints and identifies local banking development and relationship lending as possible determinants of firms’ propensity to innovate. In this chapter, we argue that the spatial organization of banking systems and the distance of local branches from banks’ decisional centers are major factors influencing the effectiveness in collecting and processing soft information on local innovative firms. We provide evidence showing that, while branch density and the length of credit relationships have a positive causal effect on innovation when considered singularly, after controlling for the functional distance between the banking system and the local economy they lose statistical significance in favor of the latter. In this perspective, our results suggest that the geographical organization of banks and the spatial distribution of their headquarters represent key variables for local development.
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  • Pietro Alessandrini & Andrea Filippo Presbitero & Alberto Zazzaro, 2008. "Geographical Organization of Banking Systems and Innovation Diffusion," Mo.Fi.R. Working Papers 3, Money and Finance Research group (Mo.Fi.R.) - Univ. Politecnica Marche - Dept. Economic and Social Sciences.
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