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Trade credit terms: asymmetric information and price discrimination evidence from three continents

By Richard H. Pike, D. Lamminmäki, K. Cravens and N.S. Cheng


NoTrade credit terms offer firms contractual solutions to informational asymmetries between buyers and sellers. The credit period permits buyers to reduce uncertainty concerning product quality prior to payment, while the seller can reduce uncertainty concerning buyer payment intentions by prescribing payment before/on delivery or through two¿part payment terms and other mechanisms. Variation in trade credit terms also offers firms price discriminating opportunities. This study, drawing on the responses of 700 large firms in the US, UK and Australia, explores trade credit terms through the twin objectives of reducing information asymmetries and discriminatory pricing. Support is found for both theories

Topics: Information asymmetry, Cross¿national comparison, Trade credit, Two-part terms, Prompt payment discount, Price discrimination
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.0306-686X.2005.00627.x
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Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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