Credit Constraints as a Barrier to the Entry and Post-Entry Growth of Firms

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Credit Constraints as a Barrier to the Entry and Post-Entry Growth of Firms

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dc.contributor.author Scarpetta, Stefano
dc.contributor.author Fally, Thibault
dc.contributor.author Aghion, Philippe
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-15T15:29:11Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Aghion, Philippe, Thibault Fally, and Stefano Scarpetta. 2007. Credit constraints as a barrier to the entry and post-entry growth of firms. Economic Policy 22(52): 731-779. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0266-4658 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4554208
dc.description.abstract Advanced market economies are characterized by a continuous process of creative destruction. Market forces and technological developments play a major role in shaping this process, but institutional and policy settings also influence firms' decision to enter, to expand if successful and to exit if competition becomes unbearable. In this paper we focus on the effects of financial development on the entry of new firms and the expansion of successful new businesses. Drawing from harmonized firm-level data for 16 industrialized and emerging economies, we find that access to finance matters most for the entry of small firms and in sectors that are more dependent upon external finance. This finding is robust to controlling for other potential entry barriers (labour market regulations and entry regulations). On the other hand, financial development has either no effect or a negative effect on entry by large firms. Access to finance also helps new firms expand if successful. Both private credit and stock market capitalization are important for promoting entry and post-entry growth of firms. Altogether, these results suggest that, despite significant progress over the past decade, many countries, including those in Continental Europe, should improve their financial markets so as to get the most out of creative destruction, by encouraging the entry of new (especially small) firms and the post-entry growth of successful young businesses. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Economics en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1111/j.1468-0327.2007.00190.x en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject micro data en_US
dc.subject firm size en_US
dc.subject post-entry growth en_US
dc.subject entry en_US
dc.subject financial development en_US
dc.title Credit Constraints as a Barrier to the Entry and Post-Entry Growth of Firms en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Economic Policy en_US
dash.depositing.author Aghion, Philippe
dc.date.available 2010-11-15T15:29:11Z

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