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Public Certification to Fight against Illegality: Evidence on Private Investment

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In 2012, the Italian government introduced public certification to signal creditworthy firms not involved in corruption and accounting frauds, and with no connections to mafias. In the case of loan applications, this certification can determine lower credit costs due to the lower firm screening costs incurred by the banks. We provide evidence consistent with its effectiveness in mitigating financial frictions. Our results show that certified firms increase their tangible capital expenditure, and show also that the effect of the certification is stronger in areas where it is more difficult for the banks to assess firms' creditworthiness. This latter finding has implications for local development.

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  • Antonio Acconcia & Maria Rosaria Alfano & Anna Laura Baraldi & Claudia Cantabene, 2021. "Public Certification to Fight against Illegality: Evidence on Private Investment," CSEF Working Papers 633, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
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    Keywords

    Corruption and Organized Crime; Creditworthiness; Investment; Public Certification.;
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    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • H81 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Governmental Loans; Loan Guarantees; Credits; Grants; Bailouts
    • R38 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Government Policy

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