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SME Development Banks: Conceptual Framework and Empirical Analysis

A. Casagrande, Marco Spallone (), Fabio Massimo Mango and Pina Mure

International Journal of Financial Research, 2018, vol. 9, issue 2, 112-121

Abstract: In this paper we develop a conceptual framework to define small and medium-sized enterprise development banks (SMEDB). This conceptual effort is motivated by the lack of a clear definition of SMEDB. Once a consistent definition of SMEDB is provided, we compare a sample of banks that are SMEDB according to such definition with a sample of commercial banks. We conclude that it is possible to separate SMEDB from commercial banks in a statistically significant manner by taking into consideration a set of relevant financial indicators and we confirm the widespread idea that SMEDB play a crucial public/social role.

Keywords: SME; credit rationing; development banks Journal: International Journal of Financial Research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.5430/ijfr.v9n2p112

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