Financing Firms in India

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Franklin Allen

Imperial College London

Rajesh Chakrabarti

OP Jindal Global University

Sankar De

Independent

Jun Qian

Fanhai International School of Finance, Fudan University; University of Pennsylvania - Wharton Financial Institutions Center

Meijun Qian

Australian National University (ANU) - College of Business and Economics

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Date Written: August 1, 2006

Abstract

The authors examine the legal and business environments, financing channels, and governance mechanisms of various types of firms in India and compare them to those from other countries. Despite its English commonlaw origin, strong legal protection provided by the law, and a democratic government, corruption within India's legal system and government significantly weakens investor protection in practice. External financing of firms has been dominated by nonmarket sources of financing, while the characteristics of listed firms are similar to those from countries with weak investor protection. The evidence, including results based on a survey of small and medium-scale private firms, shows that alternative financing channels provide the most important source of funds. The authors also find that informal governance mechanisms, such as those based on reputation, trust, and relationships are more important than formal mechanisms (such as courts) in resolving disputes, overcoming corruption, and supporting growth.

Keywords: Banks & Banking Reform, Corporate Law, Financial Intermediation, Governance Indicators, Small Scale Enterprise

Suggested Citation

Allen, Franklin and Chakrabarti, Rajesh and De, Sankar and Qian, Jun and Qian, Meijun, Financing Firms in India (August 1, 2006). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3975. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=923282

Franklin Allen (Contact Author)

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Rajesh Chakrabarti

OP Jindal Global University ( email )

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Sankar De

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Jun Qian

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Meijun Qian

Australian National University (ANU) - College of Business and Economics ( email )

Canberra
Australia

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