SME Development Banks: Conceptual Framework and Empirical Analysis

A. Casagrande, M. Spallone, Fabio Massimo Mango, Pina Murè


In this paper we develop a conceptual framework to define small and medium-sized enterprise development banks (SMEDB). This conceptual effort is motivated by the lack of a clear definition of SMEDB. Once a consistent definition of SMEDB is provided, we compare a sample of banks that are SMEDB according to such definition with a sample of commercial banks. We conclude that it is possible to separate SMEDB from commercial banks in a statistically significant manner by taking into consideration a set of relevant financial indicators and we confirm the widespread idea that SMEDB play a crucial public/social role.

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International Journal of Financial Research
ISSN 1923-4023(Print)ISSN 1923-4031(Online)


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