What You Sell is What You Lend? Explaining Trade Credit Contracts

55 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2005

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Mike Burkart

Swedish House of Finance; London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Mariassunta Giannetti

Stockholm School of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Swedish House of Finance

Tore Ellingsen

Stockholm School of Economics - Department of Economics; Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics

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Date Written: December 2004

Abstract

We use a broad range of contractual information to assess the empirical relevance of different financial theories of trade credit. The common feature of all financial theories is that suppliers have an advantage over other lenders in financing credit-constrained firms. While the reasons for the financing advantage differ across theories, they are usually related either to product characteristics or to market structure. We propose a novel identifying strategy that exploits this insight to analyze the trade credit volume and the contract terms. Our analysis suggests that the most important product characteristic for explaining trade credit volume and contract terms is the ease with which the seller's product can be diverted. Market power in input and output markets also contributes to explain trade credit patterns.

Keywords: Moral hazard, trade credits, collateral, contract theory

JEL Classification: G32

Suggested Citation

Burkart, Mike C. and Giannetti, Mariassunta and Ellingsen, Tore, What You Sell is What You Lend? Explaining Trade Credit Contracts (December 2004). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4823. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=702928

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