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Heterogeneous effects of credit constraints on SMEs' employment : evidence from the Great Recession / David Cornille (National Bank of Belgium), François Rycx (Université libre de Bruxelles (SBS-EM, CEB and DULBEA), humanOrg, IRES and IZA), Ilan Tojerow (Université libre de Bruxelles (SBS-EM, CEB and DULBEA) and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserLehmann, Hartmut In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Rycx, François In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Tojerow, Ilan In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2018
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11257
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-147244 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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This paper takes advantage of access to detailed matched bank-firm data to investigate whether and how employment decisions of SMEs have been affected by credit constraints in the wake of the Great Recession. Variability in banks' financial health following the 2008 crisis is used as an exogenous determinant of firms' access to credit. Findings, relative to the Belgian economy, clearly highlight that credit matters. They show that SMEs borrowing money from pre-crisis financially less healthy banks were significantly more likely to be affected by a credit constraint and, in turn, to adjust their labour input downwards than pre-crisis clients of more healthy banks. These results are robust across types of loan applications that were denied credit, i.e. applications to finance working capital, debt or new investments. Yet, estimates also show that credit constraints have been essentially detrimental for employment among SMEs experiencing a negative demand shock or facing strong product market competition. In terms of human resources management, credit constraints are not only found to foster employment adjustment at the extensive margin but also to increase the use of temporary layoff allowances for economic reasons. This outcome supports the hypothesis that short-time compensation programmes contribute to save jobs during recessions.