Informality and Bank Credit : Evidence from Firm-Level Data

Author/Editor:

Era Dabla-Norris ; Junko Koeda

Publication Date:

April 1, 2008

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Summary:

The paper relies on a firm-level data on transition economies to examine the relationship between informality and bank credit. We find evidence that informality is robustly and significantly associated with lower access to and use of bank credit. We also find that higher tax compliance costs reduce firms' reliance on bank credit, while a stronger quality of the legal environment is associated with higher access to credit even for financially opaque informal firms. An interactive term between a country-wide measure of tax compliance costs and the level of informal activity is negative and significant, suggesting that the negative association between informality and bank credit is stronger in countries with weak tax administration.

Series:

Working Paper No. 08/94

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2008

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451869552/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2008094

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

37

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