Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73730
Authors: 
Fidrmuc, Jarko
Hainz, Christa
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Ifo Working Paper 72
Abstract: 
The current crisis raises the question whether loans to SMEs in emerging markets areinherently more risky. We use a unique unbalanced panel of nearly 700 loans made toSMEs in Slovakia between 2000 and 2005. Several probit and panel probit models showthat liquidity and profitability factors are important determinants of SME defaults.Moreover, we find that indebtedness significantly increases the probability of default.Finally, liability as proxied by the legal form of SMEs has important incentive effects.In sum, default rates and factors converged to values found in developed financialmarkets.
Subjects: 
SMEs
banking
loan default
incentives
asymmetric information
probit
financial crisis
JEL: 
C25
G21
G33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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