Banking stability and borrower discouragement: a multilevel analysis for SMEs in the EU-28.

Banking stability and borrower discouragement: a multilevel analysis for SMEs in the EU-28.

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18/02/2021

Ana Mol-Gómez-Vázquez, Ginés Hernández-Cánovas y Johanna Koëter-Kant. Small Business Economics.

Resumen:

The promotion of a more stable European banking system has become a priority which, not doubt, will bring important benefits to firms. However, bank stability comes with stronger regulations that could harm the access to finance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are highly dependent on bank financing. We provide new evidence on the association between the stability of a country’s banking system and SMEs access to finance through the study of borrower discouragement. We analyze 20,207 observations gathered among 16,382 firms operating in the EU-28 during the period 2011–2018. Applying multilevel methodology, our results show that SMEs operating in countries with more stable banking systems are less likely to be discouraged from applying for a loan. Working to achieve a more stable banking system does not seem to harm the access to finance of SMEs.

Cómo citar este artículo:

Mol-Gómez-Vázquez, A., Hernández-Cánovas, G., & Koëter-Kant, J. (2021). Banking stability and borrower discouragement: a multilevel analysis for SMEs in the EU-28. Small Business Economics. DOI: 10.1007/s11187-021-00457-w.

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