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Local Bank, Digital Financial Inclusion and SME Financing Constraints: Empirical Evidence from China

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  • Zhiqiang Lu
  • Junjie Wu
  • Hongyu Li
  • Duc Khuong Nguyen

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This paper investigates the impact of local banks and digital financial inclusion on small and medium enterprise (SME) financing constraints. Using data of Chinese SMEs for the period 2007?2017, our robust results find (1) SMEs financing constraints are negatively associated with the proportion of local bank branches and the degree of digital financial inclusion; (2) the effect of local banks is more pronounced for small, transparent, and firms in the regions less dependent on bank credit; and (3) local bank branches and digital financial inclusion have a substitution effect on alleviating SMEs financial constraints. The findings shed light on how digital finance technologies could influence traditional SME-bank relationship and have important policy and managerial implications.

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  • Zhiqiang Lu & Junjie Wu & Hongyu Li & Duc Khuong Nguyen, 2021. "Local Bank, Digital Financial Inclusion and SME Financing Constraints: Empirical Evidence from China," Working Papers 2021-008, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipg:wpaper:2021-008
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    1. Piotr Å asak, 2022. "The role of financial technology and entrepreneurial finance practices in funding small and medium-sized enterprises," Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation, Fundacja Upowszechniająca Wiedzę i Naukę "Cognitione", vol. 18(1), pages 7-34.
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    3. Chen, Baohua & Zhang, Chunlian & Saydaliev, Hayot Berk, 2022. "Does bank complexity during the COVID-19 crisis alter the financing mechanism for small and medium-sized enterprises?," Economic Analysis and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 75(C), pages 705-715.
    4. Pengpeng Yue & Aslihan Gizem Korkmaz & Zhichao Yin & Haigang Zhou, 2022. "The rise of digital finance: Financial inclusion or debt trap," Papers 2201.09221, arXiv.org.
    5. Ying Tian & Jiayi Hong, 2022. "In the Context of Digital Finance, Can Knowledge Enable Manufacturing Companies to Be More Courageous and Move towards Sustainable Innovation?," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 14(17), pages 1-24, August.
    6. Yue, Pengpeng & Korkmaz, Aslihan Gizem & Yin, Zhichao & Zhou, Haigang, 2022. "The rise of digital finance: Financial inclusion or debt trap?," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 47(PA).

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    local banks; digital financial inclusion; financing constraints; SMEs; China.;
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