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Financial Performance Of Small Business Loans: Indirect Evidence

  • Sherrill Shaffer


Using nationwide U.S. bank-level data from 2003-2007, this paper explores multiple dimensions of the financial performance of small business loans by means of statistical decompositions. I find systematic contrasts across small commercial loans of different sizes, which suggest dynamic changes for growing business borrowers as well as diverse challenges and opportunities for banks. The findings overall suggest that small business lending is neither riskier nor less profitable than larger commercial loans, with higher yields offsetting higher marginal costs, and better portfolio diversification offsetting higher chargeoff rates on the smallest commercial loans.

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Paper provided by Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series CAMA Working Papers with number 2008-28.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Handle: RePEc:een:camaaa:2008-28
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