Funding vs. Real Economy Shock: The Impact of the 2007-2009 Crisis on Small Firms' Credit Availability

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Gunhild Berg

World Bank

Karolin Kirschenmann

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Date Written: March 18, 2014

Abstract

We analyze how banks adjust their lending to small firms after distinct shocks from the cross-border transmission of the 2007-2009 crisis by using unique loan application and contract data from AccessBank Azerbaijan. These data allow us to disentangle the effects of a funding shock from the effects of a real shock. Contrary to conventional assumptions, we find that the funding shock works through reduced prospecting — as opposed to tightened lending standards — and leads to fewer loan applications among new applicants in particular, which improves the borrower pool. The real economy shock instead works through loan approval and affects SME rather than micro borrowers.

Keywords: financial crisis, credit availability, emerging markets, SME finance

JEL Classification: G01, G15, G21

Suggested Citation

Berg, Gunhild and Kirschenmann, Karolin, Funding vs. Real Economy Shock: The Impact of the 2007-2009 Crisis on Small Firms' Credit Availability (March 18, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2418293 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2418293

Gunhild Berg

World Bank ( email )

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Karolin Kirschenmann (Contact Author)

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

Germany
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