Trade Credit, Financial Intermediary Development and Industry Growth

29 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2001

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Raymond J. Fisman

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Boston University

Inessa Love

World Bank - Development Economics Data Group (DECDG)

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Date Written: July 2001

Abstract

Where do firms turn for financing in countries with poorly developed financial markets? One source is trade credit. And where formal financial intermediaries are deficient, industries that rely more on this source of financing grow faster.

Recent empirical work has shown that financial development is important for economic growth, since well-developed financial markets are more effective at allocating capital to firms with high-value projects. This raises the question of whether firms with high-return projects in countries with poorly developed financial institutions are able to draw on alternative sources of capital to offset the effects of deficient (formal) financial intermediaries. Recent work suggests that implicit borrowing in the form of trade credit may provide one such source of funds.

Using the methodology of Rajan and Zingales (1998), Fisman and Love show that in countries with relatively weak financial institutions, industries with greater dependence on trade credit financing (measured by the ratio of accounts payable to total assets) grow faster than industries that rely less on such credit. Furthermore, consistent with the notion that young firms may not use trade credit, the authors show that most of the effect they report comes from growth in preexisting firms rather than from an increase in the number of firms.

This paper has also been published in the Journal of Finance.

This paper - a product of Finance, Development Research Group - is part of a larger effort in the group to study the determinants of access to finance.

Suggested Citation

Fisman, Raymond and Love, Inessa, Trade Credit, Financial Intermediary Development and Industry Growth (July 2001). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 2695; 3rd Annual Fin. Mkt. Dev. Conference, Hong Kong 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=270646

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