On Lending to Small Firms

5 Pages Posted: 11 May 2007

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Elijah Brewer

DePaul University - Department of Finance; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago


Lending to small firms is difficult because of the problems of information asymmetry. Innovative ways to address these problems have the potential to increase credit availability to these firms. The papers in this section provide a discussion of two different innovations in small business financing: increased usage of credit scoring technology and the introduction of microfinance lending institutions. Though these two approaches make use of different technologies, they provide a valuable picture of how lending to small firms is evolving over time.

Suggested Citation

Brewer, Elijah, On Lending to Small Firms. Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 42-46, January 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=984719 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-627X.2007.00197.x

Elijah Brewer (Contact Author)

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