Bank Competition and Firm Creation

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Emilia Bonaccorsi di Patti

Bank of Italy

Giovanni Dell'Ariccia

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: February 2001

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bonaccorsi di Patti, Emilia and Dell'Ariccia, Giovanni, Bank Competition and Firm Creation (February 2001). IMF Working Paper, Vol. , pp. 1-39, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=879362

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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