Does Collateral Reduce Loan-Size Credit Rationing? Survey Evidence

Research output: Working paper


In theory, the use of collateral in credit contracting should mitigate the information problems that are widely held to be the primary cause of credit rationing. However, direct empirical evidence of the link between collateral use and credit rationing is scant. This paper examines the relationship between collateral and credit rationing using survey data that provides clean measures of quantity and loan size rationing. We find that selection problems arising from the loan application process and co-determination of loan terms significantly influence the link between collateral and rationing. Accounting for these problems, our results suggest that collateral reduces the likelihood of experiencing loan-size credit rationing by between 15 and 40 percentage points, and that collateral also decreases the relative loan amount rationed.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics


  • Loan-Size rationing, Collateral, Small business, Information asymmetry, D82, G21, G39
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameWorking Papers
PublisherLund University, Department of Economics