Finance seminar with Nicolas Serrano-Velarde, Bocconi University

On May 4, 2018, Nicolas Serrano-Velarde from Bocconi University will present 'Cheap Trade Credit and Competition in Downstream Markets'

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:00 to 12:15

The Department of Finance is proud to announce the upcoming seminar with Nicolas Serrano-Velarde from Bocconi University

 Nicolas Serrano-Velarde will present:

PDF icon Cheap Trade Credit and Competition in Downstream Markets

Mariassunta Giannetti, Stockholm School of Economics, CEPR and ECGI
Nicolas Serrano-Velarde, Bocconi University 
Emanuele Tarantino, University of Mannheim and CEPR

Using a unique matched dataset of customers and suppliers, we provide evidence that suppliers offer trade credit to high-bargaining-power customers to ease competition in downstream markets in which they have a large number of other customers. Differently from price discounts, trade credit can target infra-marginal units and does not lower the marginal cost of the high-bargaining-power customers. In equilibrium, the latter do not steal market share from the competitors and the supplier can preserve profitable sales to low-bargaining-power customers. We show that empirically trade credit is not monotonically increasing in past purchases, as is consistent with our conjecture that it targets infra-marginal units. Our results are not driven by dierences in suppliers' ability to provide trade credit, customer-specific shocks or endogenous location decisions.

Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg
Room: SPs13

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