Since black-owned businesses tend to have access to lower informal financing, we hypothesize that, obtaining commercial financing should play a compensating role and have a stronger marginal effect on black-owned businesses than on businesses owned by other racial groups. Unexpectedly, we find that, while the use of commercial financing reduces the exit rates of new firms in general, the reduction is not significantly different across racial groups. We attribute this result to unobserved heterogeneity linked, at least in part, to the owner's start-up capital and to other beneficial externalities that access to informal investors produces.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Eastern Economic Journal|
|State||Published - Jun 29 2015|
- survival model
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics