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Bank Financing for SMEs – Lessons from the Literature

Beck, T. (2013). Bank Financing for SMEs – Lessons from the Literature. National Institute Economic Review, 225(1), R23-R38. doi: 10.1177/002795011322500105


This paper surveys the recent literature on the relationship between SMEs, financial deepening and economic development. While a large SME sector is not associated with faster economic growth or poverty alleviation, financial deepening can have a pro-growth and pro-poor impact by alleviating SMEs’ financing constraints, enabling firm entry and entrepreneurship, and better resource allocation. It is important to differentiate between different segments of the SME population, most critically between subsistence micro entrepreneurs and transformational entrepreneurs. This paper also discusses the importance of market structure, competition and regulations for SMEs and their access to finance over the business cycle and during crises.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Beck, T., Bank Financing for SMEs – Lessons from the Literature, National Institute Economic Review, 225 (1) pp. R23-R38. Copyright © 2013 National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Publisher Keywords: SME lending; financial deepening; competition; crisis
Departments: Bayes Business School > Finance
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