Universidad Adolfo Ibañez

Innovation and SME finance: Evidence from developing countries

Área de publicación Finanzas
Tipo de publicación Artículos
Fecha de publicación 2019
Autores Viviana Fernández - Nirosha Hewa Wellalage

This paper explores the relationship between firm-level innovation and external finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Our sample consists of 13,430 firms from Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries. A propensity score matching approach reports a positive relationship between formal finance and product and process innovation, which is greater for early-stage SMEs than for mature counterparts. However, informal finance has more significant impact on mature firms’ product innovation. Our empirical evidence highlights policy implications for countries desiring to enhance the innovation of their SMEs by improving the external finance of these SMEs.

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