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Credit constraints and margins of import: First evidence for German manufacturing enterprises

  • Joachim Wagner

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    (Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany)

This study uses tailor made enterprise level data from various sources for firms from manufacturing industries to test for the link between credit constraints, measured by a credit rating score provided by a leading credit rating agency, and imports in Germany for the first time. We find empirical evidence that a better credit rating score is positively related to extensive margins of import – firms with a better score have a higher probability to import, they import more goods and they source from more countries of origin. The intensive margin of imports – the share of imports in total sales – is found not to be related to credit constraints.

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Paper provided by University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 294.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2014
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Handle: RePEc:lue:wpaper:294
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