Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/152932
Authors: 
Giannetti, Mariassunta
Ongena, Steven
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
ECB Working Paper 498
Abstract: 
An extensive empirical literature has documented the positive growth effects of equity market liberalization. However, this line of research ignores the impact of financial integration on a category of firms crucial for economic development, i.e. the small entrepreneurial firms. This paper aims to fill this void. We employ a large panel containing almost 60,000 firm–year observations on listed and unlisted companies in Eastern European economies to assess the differential impact of foreign bank lending on firm growth and financing. Foreign lending stimulates growth in firm sales, assets, and leverage, but the effect is dampened for small firms. We also find that firms started during the transition period of 1989-1993 – arguably the most connected businesses – benefit least from foreign bank entry. This finding suggests that foreign banks can help mitigate connected lending problems and improve capital allocation.
Subjects: 
competition
emerging markets
foreign bank lending
lending relationships
JEL: 
G21
L11
L14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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