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Credit Rationing in European SMEs and their Lending Infrastructure

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  • Andrea Mc Namara

    () (National University of Ireland)

  • Pierluigi Murro

    () (LUISS University Author-Name: Sheila O'Donohoe
    Waterford Institute of Technology)

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We examine the influence of countries lending infrastructure on credit rationing for European SMEs. This lending infrastructure is comprised of countries information, legal, judicial, bankruptcy, social and regulatory environments. Using a sample of 13,957 SMEs from eleven European countries, we find that SMEs in countries in which there is greater information sharing, fewer legal rights, a more efficient judicial system and less efficient bankruptcy system are less likely to be credit rationed. Moreover, an efficient bankruptcy regime is more important for larger and more risky firms in reducing the likehood of they being credit rationed. Equally the impact of banks regulatory regime varies across firm riskiness; a stricter regime results in a greater likehood of credit rationing for more risky or finally weaker firms in contrast to stronger firms where less regulation sees more rationing.

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  • Andrea Mc Namara & Pierluigi Murro, 2018. "Credit Rationing in European SMEs and their Lending Infrastructure," Working Papers CASMEF 1803, Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza, LUISS Guido Carli.
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    1. Alves, Paulo F. Pereira & Ferreira, Miguel A., 2011. "Capital structure and law around the world," Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Elsevier, vol. 21(3), pages 119-150, July.

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    Keywords

    SMEs; Lending Infrastracture; Credit Constraints.;

    JEL classification:

    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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