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The Inventory Channel of Trade Credit: Theory and Evidence

Bougheas, S., Mateut, S. and Mizen, P. (2007) The Inventory Channel of Trade Credit: Theory and Evidence. Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368


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We develop a simple theoretical model with a stochastic demand framework that captures the trade-off between inventories and trade credit. The essence is that the firm is in the middle of a credit chain, and produces goods for sale, holding inventories of goods that were produced but unsold at a cost. In the face of uncertain demand for its products the firm extends trade credit to its financially constrained customers to obtain additional sales. Our model provides directly testable predictions to identify the response of accounts payable and accounts receivable to changes in the cost of inventories, profitability, risk and liquidity, and importantly, this influence operates through a production channel. Our results support the model and complement many existing studies focused on explaining the financial terms of trade credit.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Keywords: Trade Credit, Inventories
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Economics (Sheffield) > Sheffield Economics Research Papers Series
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 16:12
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 17:19
Published Version: http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/yea...
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Identification Number: Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series 2007016
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9973

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