Credit guarantees and SME efficiency

Credit guarantees and SME efficiency The aim of this article is to analyse one of the most traditional SME-support measures, the allocation of guarantees by the Spanish guarantee system. A counterfactual approach is adopted to evaluate the result of a public policy. Three groups of companies that constitute the casuistry of long-term financial supports to companies (guarantees, guarantees and preferential funding, or just preferential funding), as well as another two control groups are studied. The results suggest that public support is relevant at economic, financial and business efficiency levels. The advantages can be observed mainly in the weakest companies, where the capacity to tackle projects is facilitated, although they do not manage to reduce their financial costs until they reach relative levels similar to those reached by companies not accessing the guarantee system. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Small Business Economics Springer Journals

Credit guarantees and SME efficiency

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Subject
Business and Management; Management; Microeconomics; Entrepreneurship; Industrial Organization
ISSN
0921-898X
eISSN
1573-0913
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11187-008-9148-4
Publisher site
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Abstract

The aim of this article is to analyse one of the most traditional SME-support measures, the allocation of guarantees by the Spanish guarantee system. A counterfactual approach is adopted to evaluate the result of a public policy. Three groups of companies that constitute the casuistry of long-term financial supports to companies (guarantees, guarantees and preferential funding, or just preferential funding), as well as another two control groups are studied. The results suggest that public support is relevant at economic, financial and business efficiency levels. The advantages can be observed mainly in the weakest companies, where the capacity to tackle projects is facilitated, although they do not manage to reduce their financial costs until they reach relative levels similar to those reached by companies not accessing the guarantee system.

Journal

Small Business EconomicsSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 22, 2008

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