Firms` Strategic Decisions: Theoretical and Empirical Findings

Firms` Strategic Decisions: Theoretical and Empirical Findings

Volume: 2

Indexed in: Book Citation Index, Social Sciences & Humanities, EBSCO.

This is the second volume of the book series featuring empirical research conducted on business decision making policies of oligopolistic organizations. This volume brings together 11 chapters that ...
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Exploring the Relationship Between Supplier Credit and SMEs Technical Efficiency

Pp. 262-281 (20)

Mariarosaria Agostino and Francesco Trivieri


In this chapter, we investigate whether the choice of a particular source of funds represented by trade credit is associated to technical efficiency progress for a large sample of Italian manufacturing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) observed from 2003 to 2007. Applying a data envelopment analysis (DEA) approach to firm-level data, we retrieve a measure of technical efficiency change and perform some nonparametric tests to verify whether the differences observed are significant. According to our results, higher trade credit ratios tend to be associated to firm efficiency gains in almost all the sectors under analysis.


Data envelopment analysis (DEA), efficiency gains, firm size, Italian firms, Malmquist index, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), suppliers credit, technical efficiency change, trade credit, trade debt.


Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance, University of Calabria, Ponte Pietro Bucci, Cubo 1C, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Italy.