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Corporate Resilience to Banking Crises: The Roles of Trust and Trade Credit

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  • Ross Levine
  • Chen Lin
  • Wensi Xie

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Are firms more resilient to systemic banking crises in economies with higher levels of social trust? Using firm-level data in 34 countries from 1990 through 2011, we find that liquidity-dependent firms in high-trust countries obtain more trade credit and suffer smaller drops in profits and employment during banking crises than similar firms in low-trust economies. The results are consistent with the view that when banking crises block the normal banking-lending channel, greater social trust facilitates access to informal finance, cushioning the effects of these crises on corporate profits and employment.

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  • Ross Levine & Chen Lin & Wensi Xie, 2016. "Corporate Resilience to Banking Crises: The Roles of Trust and Trade Credit," NBER Working Papers 22153, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Bedendo, Mascia & Garcia-Appendini, Emilia & Siming, Linus, 2017. "Cultural Preferences and the Choice between Formal and Informal Financing," Working Papers on Finance 1707, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance.

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    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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