IFin Seminar, Huan Tang, London School of Economics "The Role of FinTech in Small Business Lending"

Istituto di finanza

Data: 22 Ottobre 2021 / 12:25 - 13:40

Relatore: Huan Tang, London School of Economics

Tema:    "The Role of FinTech in Small Business Lending" 

Data:      22 ottobre 2021

Ore:        12:25 - 13:40

Aula:      A22 Palazzo Rosso

Campus di Lugano



What is the role of FinTech lenders in small business lending markets? Using French administrative data, we show that, relative to similar firms taking new bank loans, SMEs that take a FinTech loan borrow 20% more from banks in the next two years. The effect is more pronounced for low-collateral firms and when the FinTech loan finances the acquisition of tangible assets. This is consistent with firms using uncollateralized FinTech loans to acquire assets that they can pledge to obtain bank loans. We also find evidence that firms use FinTech loans to meet urgent liquidity needs. In contrast, we find no evidence of a superior screening ability of FinTech lenders.