Bank Competition and Firm Creation
39 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2006
Date Written: February 2001
This paper investigates the empirical relationship between competition in the financial sector and the creation of firms in the non-financial sector. It finds that bank competition has an overall positive effect on firm creation. However, consistent with theories of banking arguing that competition may reduce the availability of credit to informationally opaque firms, it also finds that asymmetric information limits the overall positive effect of bank competition on firm creation. Indeed, bank competition is less favorable to the emergence of new firms in industrial sectors where informational asymmetries are more important, and in extreme cases has a negative effect.
Keywords: Bank Competition, Asymmetric Information, Growth
JEL Classification: E51, G21
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