This paper aims to examine the underlying causes of the sharp reduction in bank lending, which in turn is highlighting some structural weaknesses of Italian firms and financial system. The structure of this paper is as follows. Section 1 introduces the paper. Section 2 analyzes some drivers of the bank loans market in the current financial crisis. Section 3 examines the increasing role of standardized bank lending practices that have enlarged the organizational and strategic differences between transaction-based lending and relationship-based lending. Section 4 concludes.
|Number of pages||50|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|