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Donald J. Lacombe

Regional Research Institute,
West Virginia University
PO Box 6825
886 Chestnut Ridge Road
Morgantown, WV 26506-6825

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Institutional Affiliation: West Virginia University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

October 2014The Direct and Indirect Effects of Small Business Administration Lending on Growth: Evidence from U.S. County-Level Data
with Andrew T. Young, Matthew J. Higgins, Briana Sell: w20543
Conventional wisdom suggests that small businesses are innovative engines of Schumpetarian growth. However, as small businesses, they are likely to face credit rationing in financial markets. If true then policies that promote lending to small businesses may yield substantial economy-wide returns. We examine the relationship between Small Business Administration (SBA) lending and local economic growth using a spatial econometric framework across a sample of 3,035 U.S. counties for the years 1980 to 2009. We find evidence that a county's SBA lending per capita is associated with direct negative effects on its income growth. We also find evidence of indirect negative effects on the growth rates of neighboring counties. Overall, a 10% increase in SBA loans per capita is associated with a cumu...

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