Trade Credit as a Sustainable Resource during an SME’s Life Cycle
|Author/s||Canto Cuevas, Francisco Javier
Palacín Sánchez, María José
Di Pietro, Filippo
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Economía Financiera y Dirección de Operaciones|
|Abstract||Inadequate access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can present a major impediment to SMEs’ contribution towards driving sustainable economic growth. The aim of this article is to investigate the ...
Inadequate access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can present a major impediment to SMEs’ contribution towards driving sustainable economic growth. The aim of this article is to investigate the role of life cycle on SME financing decisions while focusing on trade credit. To this end, we study whether trade credit and its firm-factor determinants differ depending on the stage of life cycle of the SMEs. For the empirical analysis, a sample is employed of manufacturing SMEs operating in 12 European Union countries over the period 2008–2014 and a panel data model with fixed effects is applied. We find that the business life cycle influences trade credit and that this influence is stronger in young firms, although this relation is non-linear across the firms’ life cycle. We further show that the impact of firm-factor determinants on trade credit differs across the business life cycle in terms of magnitude levels. Our results demonstrate that the business life cycle matters when analysing trade credit, and it should therefore be considered when managers and policymakers strive to solve the financial problems of an SME and to consequently incorporate the SME into the sustainable economy.
|Funding agencies||Junta de Andalucía|
|Citation||Canto Cuevas, F.J., Palacín Sánchez, M.J. y Di Pietro, F. (2019). Trade Credit as a Sustainable Resource during an SME’s Life Cycle. Sustainability, 11 (3)|