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SME Credit Constraints and Macroeconomic Effects

Petra Gerlach-Kristen (), Brian O'Connell and Conor O'Toole ()

No WP467, Papers from Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Abstract: This research attempts to answer two particular questions: a) what factors drive SME credit constraints in the Irish economy and b) what is the impact of such constraints on the macro-economy, in particular on employment and investment. We find that constraints decrease with firm size while there is variation by sector. Our results indicate that firms applying to foreign-owned banks are more likely to be constrained. We also identify a direct effect of debt overhang on access to credit. Linking constraints to the macro-economy, we find a negative and significant effect of SME credit constraints on employment, while no effect is evident on firm investment.

Keywords: employment/investment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-10
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