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The financing of innovative activities by banking institutions: policy issues and regulatory options


  • Ughetto, Elisa


The paper investigates to what extent the convergence of banks over risk-adjusted capital standards set by the new Basel Capital Accord may affect the way in which they screen innovative firms. It also gives an overview of the existing forms of credit support to R&D activities. The study is built upon a survey conducted in January and February 2006 on 12 main Italian banking groups. The survey provides interesting insights on the use of non-financial parameters to assess the creditworthiness of potential borrowers and on the architecture of internal rating systems in the light of Basel II requirements. Results suggest that the majority of banks does not consider intangibles as meaningful determinants in credit risk assessment. This could imply that the sole implementation of the Accord might not lead to reduce informational asymmetries between lenders and borrowers as it could be expected. However, such an effect could be compensated by specific measures provided by single financial intermediaries.

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  • Ughetto, Elisa, 2006. "The financing of innovative activities by banking institutions: policy issues and regulatory options," MPRA Paper 430, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:430

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    1. Machauer, Achim & Weber, Martin, 1998. "Bank behavior based on internal credit ratings of borrowers," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 22(10-11), pages 1355-1383, October.
    2. Stiglitz, Joseph E & Weiss, Andrew, 1981. "Credit Rationing in Markets with Imperfect Information," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 71(3), pages 393-410, June.
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    1. Elisa Ughetto & Andrea Vezzulli, 2011. "What role can mutual guarantee consortia play for financing innovation? A firm-level study for Italy," International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 3(4), pages 294-319.
    2. Federico Munari & Maria Cristina Odasso & Laura Toschi, 2011. "Patent-backed Finance," Chapters,in: The Economic Valuation of Patents, chapter 12 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    internal rating systems; innovation financing; Basel II;

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    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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