ECB paper finds periphery most affected by credit shortage

European Central Bank
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Firms in peripheral European countries tend to suffer more than their northern counterparts when credit is constrained, research published today (July 7) by the European Central Bank (ECB) finds.

The working paper, Financial constraints and productivity: evidence from euro area companies, by Annalisa Ferrando and Alessandro Ruggieri, examines the productivity impact of changes in a firm's access to external funding.

The authors examine the cases of eight eurozone countries. When facing

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