Bank loan application success of innovative and non-innovative SMEs

Peter van der Zwan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademic


The investigation of the determinants of access to finance is relevant because restricted loan accessibility could hinder firm growth. This paper focuses on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and whether their requested loan is granted by the bank. Financial data for SMEs in 29 European countries are used (four waves of the Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises during 2009?2014) to test the relationship between innovative behavior and loan application success. The contribution of the present study is that a distinction is made between product, process, and organizational innovation. Also, cross-national evidence on the link between innovation and loan turndown is provided while existing studies usually focus on a single country. The results indicate that SMEs that adopt innovations are less likely to receive the requested loan than SMEs that do not adopt innovations, and this holds for all three types of innovation. Additional analyses reveal the robustness of the results across various firm age and firm size categories, and the majority of countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-502
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Review of Entrepreneurship
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Dive into the research topics of 'Bank loan application success of innovative and non-innovative SMEs'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this