In this paper we address the question of whether the perceived level of corruption in a country may influence women’s inclination in self-refraining from applying for bank loans. Using a sample of 60,058 observations – drawn from the ECB-SAFE – related to SMEs chartered in 11 Euro-area countries during the period 2009-2014, we first investigate whether female-led businesses are more likely, than male-led ones, to refrain from applying for bank credit. Finally, we assess whether corruption actually matters in the women’s decision not to relying on the bank-lending channel. Our results – robust to various model specifications – highlight that women-led SMEs face a higher probability to self-refrain from applying for loans vis-à-vis their male counterparts. In addition, although corruption appears strongly correlated to the self-restraint attitudes of firms, our empirical analysis reveals that women-led SMEs generally tend to refrain from applying for loans, more than men, regardless of the quality of the surrounding environment.

Does Corruption Influence the Self-Restraint Attitude of Women-led SMEs towards Bank Lending?

ROSSI, STEFANIA PATRIZIA SONIA
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2018-01-01

Abstract

In this paper we address the question of whether the perceived level of corruption in a country may influence women’s inclination in self-refraining from applying for bank loans. Using a sample of 60,058 observations – drawn from the ECB-SAFE – related to SMEs chartered in 11 Euro-area countries during the period 2009-2014, we first investigate whether female-led businesses are more likely, than male-led ones, to refrain from applying for bank credit. Finally, we assess whether corruption actually matters in the women’s decision not to relying on the bank-lending channel. Our results – robust to various model specifications – highlight that women-led SMEs face a higher probability to self-refrain from applying for loans vis-à-vis their male counterparts. In addition, although corruption appears strongly correlated to the self-restraint attitudes of firms, our empirical analysis reveals that women-led SMEs generally tend to refrain from applying for loans, more than men, regardless of the quality of the surrounding environment.
2018
3-gen-2018
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