SME Finance and the Economic Crisis: The Case of Greece, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

SME Finance and the Economic Crisis

The Case of Greece, 1st Edition

By Alina Hyz


152 pages | 29 B/W Illus.

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This book analyses the financing problems of Greek small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), within a liberalized financial system and within an economic environment of fiscal and monetary constraints. Using recent data covering a ten-year period, the main aim of the research is to explain the interdependence between the situation of the banking sector generally and that of small and medium enterprises.

The author argues that the reluctance of banks to lend to Greek companies because of the strict financing constraints, due to the national debt crisis, serves to exacerbate the cycle of economic recession. This factor seriously undermines the efforts of Greek companies to develop growth opportunities, and negatively affects their competitiveness as well as their ability to strengthen their market position. The author examines the supply and demand aspect of the problem: there is lower demand for lending due to the decline of demand for goods and services as well as a tightening of banks’credit standards, whilst on the supply side, the deteriorating financial situation of banks and their willingness to avoid increasing risk are important contributing factors. Finally, the author presents the main conclusions of the analyses carried out in the previous sections of the book and discusses some relevant recommendations for future research.

Building on the extant literature, this book analyses the problem from the point of view of both businesses and the banking sector. The study is useful for scholars, businesses and policy decision makers who are interested in the problem of small and medium-sized enterprises financing.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Sources of Business' Capital Chapter 2. Small and Medium Enterprises in Greece Chapter 3. Why is bank lending so important in Greece? Chapter 4. State of Greek banking sector: supply-side Chapter 5. State of the business economy: profitability and dependence on debt Chapter 6. Recommendations and Conclusions

About the Author

Alina Hyz, Ph.D., is a Professor of Business Administration at the Department of Accounting and Finance, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece. Her research interests are focused on Business Analysis, Strategy Development, Budgeting and Finance.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Accounting / Financial
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Banks & Banking
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Finance / Private Equity
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Finance / Venture Capital
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Money & Monetary Policy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / New Business Enterprises
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Governance