Research on Risk Evaluation of SME Financing based on Grey Theory

Zhangliu Wang, Lan Wang, Kai Wang


Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in China’s impressive economic growth and make substantial contribution to employment and outputs in last decades. Nevertheless, a lot of bottlenecks and obstacles appear for further growth of SMEs, especially with respect to financing. SME financing is different from that of larger corporations, since they are younger and subject to more growth uncertainty than large firms, especially in developing countries. The main problems related to SME access to finance in China are the risk involved in performing bad loans is higher. So it is significant for managers and investors both in theoretical and practical fields to assess the financing risk of SMEs. This paper’s aim is to propose an analytical framework of risk evaluation on SME financing based on grey theory. Firstly, this paper discusses the current SME financing in China. Secondly, it sets up a multi-hierarchy index system. Thirdly, it confirms the weight of every index with AHP and gave a general assessment by means of a grey clustering method. Finally, a case study is conducted to validate the evaluation model and the evaluation process.

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


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