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Title:Bank finance versus bond finance: what explains the differences between US and Europe? PDF Logo
Authors:De Fiore, Fiorella
Uhlig, Harald
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:SFB 649 discussion paper 2005,042
Abstract:We present a dynamic general equilibrium model with agency costs, where heterogenous firms choose among two alternative instruments of external finance - coporate bonds and bank loans. We characterize the financing choice of firms and the endogeous financial structure of the economy. The calibrated model is used to address questions such as: What explains differences in the financial structure of the US and the euro area? What are the implications of these differences for allocations? We find that a higher share of bank finance in the euro area relative to the US is due to lower availability of public information about firms' credit worthiness and to higher efficiency of banks in acquiring this informations. We also quantify the effect of differences in the financial structure on per-capita GDP.
Subjects:Financial structure
agency costs
heterogeneity
JEL:E20
E44
C68
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:SFB 649 Discussion Papers, HU Berlin

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