Economic and Financial Reports Volume 01/2008

Economic and Financial Reports Volume 01/2008

  •  Release date: 20 May 2008
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Relationship Lending – Empirical Evidence for Germany

Relationship lending is a common practice in credit financing all over the world, notably also in the European Union, which has been assumed to be particularly beneficial for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). During recent years, there has been the impression that relationship lending loses ground due to a change of the banks’ business models, which could ultimately yield to a worsening of the business environment for corporates and SMEs. In this study, we investigate the determinants of relationship lending for Germany, where relationship lending traditionally plays an important role.

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