Public intervention in UK small firm credit markets: value-for-money or waste of scarce resources?

Cowling, Marc and Siepel, Josh (2013) Public intervention in UK small firm credit markets: value-for-money or waste of scarce resources? Technovation, 33 (8). pp. 265-275. ISSN 0166-4972

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Abstract

Loan guarantee schemes are used in many countries to provide financial support to small firms by guaranteeing loans from commercial banks, but questions remain about whether public intervention in private credit markets to support entrepreneurial firms is justified. This paper examines whether the UK Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme (SFLG) provides value-for-money to the UK tax payer, presenting a regression based performance approach which then feeds into a formal cost–benefit analysis. Specifically, we consider whether firm performance post-investment is such that it justifies the governments’ presence in the lending market and the costs associated with it. Our findings suggest that entrepreneurial firms that are able to access new finance through SFLG achieve superior performance in the form of improved sales, job creation and exports and that this justifies public intervention in private credit markets.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance > HJ7461 Expenditures. Government spending
Depositing User: Josh Siepel
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2013 11:07
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2013 09:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39787
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