Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/157958
Authors: 
Ellingsen, Tore
Jacobson, Tor
von Schedvin, Erik
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Sveriges Riksbank Working Paper Series 315
Abstract: 
We study 52 million trade credit contracts, issued by 51 suppliers over 9 years to about 199,000 unique customers. The data contain information on contract size, due dates, actual time to payment, and firm characteristics. Our empirical analysis contradicts the conventional view that trade credit is an inferior source of funding. Specifically, while we replicate the usual finding that payables are negatively related to customers' financial strength, our disaggregated data reveal that improvements in customers' financial conditions are primarily associated with a reduced value of input purchases rather than smaller trade credit usage. In fact, customers' financial conditions are unrelated to agreed contract duration and only modestly affect overdue payments. Moreover, the customer's size and share of the supplier's sales both have a positive impact on the due date. Overall, the evidence indicates that customers prefer trade credit over other available sources of funding and thus calls for a new theory of short-term finance.
Subjects: 
Trade credit
Credit contracts
Financing constraints
JEL: 
G32
G33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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