The 1998 Survey of Small Business Finances provides robust information on the financing of small businesses, including an overview of the firms’ organization, financial characteristics, and credit use. Information from the survey is used in this study to compare the financial characteristics of metro and rural small businesses. While many financial characteristics are similar, rural small businesses do own more land and depreciable assets, and have lower inventory and other current assets when compared to metro firms. Rural firms have relatively similar access to technology and financial services, although utilization varies. Both metro and rural small businesses rely on a wide variety of sources for financing; however, rural small businesses have significantly more mortgages, loans from shareholders, and other types of loans, but fewer credit cards. Use of nonparametric rank order statistical methods was required because normality assumptions were violated due to asymmetric distribution of small firms.
Gustafson, C. (2004), "Rural small business finance: evidence from the 1998 survey of small business finances", Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 64 No. 1, pp. 33-43. https://doi.org/10.1108/00214660480001152Download as .RIS
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