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Access to Finance by Small and Medium Enterprises: a Cross-Country Analysis with A New Data Set
Article first published online: 10 OCT 2012
© 2012 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Pacific Economic Review
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 491–513, October 2012
How to Cite
Ardic, O. P., Mylenko, N. and Saltane, V. (2012), Access to Finance by Small and Medium Enterprises: a Cross-Country Analysis with A New Data Set. Pacific Economic Review, 17: 491–513. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0106.2012.00596.x
- Issue published online: 10 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 10 OCT 2012
Access to finance has always been a challenge for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), but the need to address this issue became more pronounced after the global financial crisis, as SMEs are perceived as engines of growth and job creation. However, lack of consistent indicators for SME finance at the country level restricts cross-country analyses. The present paper introduces a supply-side data set to fill this gap, and provides the first set of analyses with this new data set. Global SME lending volume is predicted as $US10tn, 70% of which is in high-income OECD countries. On average, SME loans constitute 13 and 3% of GDP in developed and developing countries, respectively.