Small and medium enterprises financing in Eastern Europe.

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Title: Small and medium enterprises financing in Eastern Europe.
Author: Sarria Allende, Virginia; Klapper, Leora; Sulla, Victor
Abstract: There is currently a large interest in understanding firms' percentage of total employment) in Eastern European access to finance, particularly in the financing of small- countries is smaller than in most developed economies. and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). But the financing Although the authors find in almost every country in the patterns of SMEs across countries is not well understood. sample a large number of SMEs as a percentage of total For example, little is known about the relative firms, the SMEs in Eastern Europe are generally small importance of equity, debt, and inter-firm financing for and hire few employees. However, SMEs seem to SMEs across countries. constitute the most dynamic sector of the Eastern The authors use the Amadeus database, which includes European economies, relative to large firms. In general, financial information on over 97,000 private and the SME sector comprises relatively younger, more publicly traded firms in 15 Eastern and Central European highly leveraged, and more profitable and faster growing countries. The Amadeus database allows the authors the firms. This suggests that a new type of firm is emerging opportunity to provide a new analysis of the general in transition economies that is more market- and profitfinancing patterns of private firms across a large sample oriented. But at the same time, these firms appear to of Eastern European countries. The summary statistics have financial constraints that impede their access to show that the size of the SME sector (as measured by the long-term financing and ability to grow.access to finance, particularly in the financing of small- countries is smaller than in most developed economies. and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). But the financing Although the authors find in almost every country in the patterns of SMEs across countries is not well understood. sample a large number of SMEs as a percentage of total For example, little is known about the relative firms, the SMEs in Eastern Europe are generally small importance of equity, debt, and inter-firm financing for and hire few employees. However, SMEs seem to SMEs across countries. constitute the most dynamic sector of the Eastern The authors use the Amadeus database, which includes European economies, relative to large firms. In general, financial information on over 97,000 private and the SME sector comprises relatively younger, more publicly traded firms in 15 Eastern and Central European highly leveraged, and more profitable and faster growing countries. The Amadeus database allows the authors the firms. This suggests that a new type of firm is emerging opportunity to provide a new analysis of the general in transition economies that is more market- and profitfinancing patterns of private firms across a large sample oriented. But at the same time, these firms appear to of Eastern European countries. The summary statistics have financial constraints that impede their access to show that the size of the SME sector (as measured by the long-term financing and ability to grow.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/370
Date: 2002


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