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The effects of mutual guarantee consortia on the quality of bank lending

  • Columba, Francesco
  • Gambacorta, Leonardo
  • Mistrulli, Paolo Emilio

In this paper we investigate whether or not mutual guarantee consortia (MGC), a financial institution well developed in Italy, alleviate the difficulties that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) face when they ask for a bank loan. We find that the probability of a small firm affiliated to a MGC of going into default is lower than that of firms not affiliated to such a consortium. These results indicate that MGCs improve the ability of banks to screen and monitor small firms.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 17052.

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Date of creation: Apr 2009
Date of revision: Mar 2009
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:17052
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  1. Berger, Allen N. & Udell, Gregory F., 2006. "A more complete conceptual framework for SME finance," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 30(11), pages 2945-2966, November.
  2. Francesco Columba & Leonardo Gambacorta & Paolo Emilio Mistrulli, 2009. "Mutual guarantee institutions and small business finance," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 735, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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