This paper investigates whether innovative Peer-to-Peer lending by FinTechs’ has a regulatory advantage over the big banks in respect of small business lending. We do this through the lens of the regulations imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act, using a difference-in-difference methodology. The Act tightened traditional bank credit standards on business loans, especially for small firms. However, the new FinTech lenders were not subject to the same regulatory burden. We find that traditional banks significantly reduced their lending to small businesses, as compared to their FinTech competitors. Our results suggest that while the Dodd-Frank Act constrained lending to small businesses, innovative new lending models gained a regulatory advantage and the Peer-to-Peer lenders capitalized on this.
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The first author acknowledges the financial support of the Ministry of National Education of Türkiye. The authors acknowledge the help of Prof Chandra Thapa, Zeynel A. Samak, Ozan Bahadır, Saffet İlknur Alper, Ozan Gülşah, Kadriye E. H. and Ahmet Nursen H.
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- Small Business
- Innovative Lending Models
- Small business
- Innovative lending models