The on-going asset-quality review process implemented by the European Central Bank may seriously affect the possibility of easing bank credit. This paper examines debt and profitability of firms in the four major countries of the Euro area, using data available in Bach database from 2000 to 2012. Our results reveal that Italian firms are more fragile than their German and French counterparts and small firms suffer the most.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Profitability and indebtedness: the positioning of Italian companies in Europe|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|