Skip to main content
About HEC About HEC Faculty & Research Faculty & Research Master’s programs Master’s programs MBA Programs MBA Programs PhD Program PhD Program Executive Education Executive Education Summer School Summer School HEC Online HEC Online About HEC Overview Overview Who We Are Who We Are Egalité des chances Egalité des chances Career Center Career Center International International Campus Life Campus Life Stories Stories The HEC Foundation The HEC Foundation Coronavirus Coronavirus Faculty & Research Overview Overview Faculty Directory Faculty Directory Departments Departments Centers Centers Chairs Chairs Knowledge Knowledge Master’s programs Master in
Management Master in
Management
MSc International
Finance MSc International
Finance
Specialized
Masters Specialized
Masters
X-HEC
programs X-HEC
programs
Dual-Degree
programs Dual-Degree
programs
Visiting students Visiting students Certificates Certificates Student Life Student Life
MBA Programs MBA MBA Executive MBA Executive MBA TRIUM EMBA TRIUM EMBA PhD Program Overview Overview HEC Difference HEC Difference Program details Program details Research areas Research areas HEC Community HEC Community Placement Placement Job Market Job Market Admissions Admissions Financing Financing Executive Education Executive Masters Executive Masters Executive Certificates Executive Certificates Executive short programs Executive short programs Online Online Train your teams Train your teams Executive MBA Executive MBA Summer School Summer programs Summer programs Youth Leadership Initiative Youth Leadership Initiative Admissions Admissions FAQ FAQ HEC Online Overview Overview Degree Program Degree Program Executive certificates Executive certificates MOOCs MOOCs
Faculty & Research

The Impact of Trade Credit Provision on Retail Inventory: An Empirical Investigation Using Synthetic Controls

15 May
2020
11:00 am
Paris
English

Participate

Add to Calendar
2020-05-15T11:00:00 2020-05-15T12:30:00 The Impact of Trade Credit Provision on Retail Inventory: An Empirical Investigation Using Synthetic Controls Information Systems and Operations Management Speaker : S. Alex Yang  - Associate Professor, Management Science & Operations  London Business School    via ZOOM:  Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/92997851153 Meeting ID: 929 9785 1153 Paris

Information Systems and Operations Management

Speaker : S. Alex Yang  - Associate Professor, Management Science & Operations 

London Business School 

 

via ZOOM: 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/92997851153

Meeting ID: 929 9785 1153

Abstract

Over the last decade, trade credit has been subject to increasing government regulation in many countries. While such policies are intended to improve suppliers' financial sustainability, they may negatively affect supply chain performance by limiting the positive operational roles of trade credit. In this study, we examine the potential negative implication of limiting trade credit on inventory decisions at the retailer level. Using an empirical strategy that leverages: (i) an exogenous shock imparted by the French Government's intervention to impose a ceiling on trade credit repayment; (ii) a triple difference-in-differences identification strategy; and (iii) Synthetic Controls, we estimate the causal impact of trade credit on firms' inventory stocking decisions. We find that, in retail sectors affected by the French regulation, the decrease in trade credit led to both an economically and statistically significant decline in firms' inventory levels. For example, in the hardware retail sector, the regulation reduced the trade credit level, as measured by payable days, by 16%, which in turn caused an 11% decline in inventory days. Put differently, a 1% reduction in trade credit led to a 0.67% decrease in inventory. Combined with industry-calibrated parameters, these estimates indicate a decline of up to 1.2% retailer profit, and 1.1% in fill rate on the account of the imposed ceiling. Our findings offer direct evidence that trade credit is an indispensable financing source for inventory procurement. Equally importantly, they also inform policymakers that limiting trade credit below equilibrium levels could harm supply chain efficiency and consumer welfare.

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3375922

 

Bio:

 S. Alex Yang

Associate Professor of Management Science and Operations

BS (Tsinghua) MS (Northwestern) PhD MBA (Chicago)

Alex's main areas of research and teaching are supply chain finance, FinTech, business analytics, value chain management, risk management, and platform economy. His research has appeared in top management and finance academic journals such as Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Journal of Financial Economics. He holds editorial positions at several prestigious international academic journals. Alex has extensive experience in teaching MBA, EMBA and Executive Education Programmes, both in English and Chinese. 

 

He has working and consulting experience in companies, financial institutions, and international organizations. He is currently collaborating with companies in the area of supply chain finance, FinTech, and business analytics.

Participate

Add to Calendar
2020-05-15T11:00:00 2020-05-15T12:30:00 The Impact of Trade Credit Provision on Retail Inventory: An Empirical Investigation Using Synthetic Controls Information Systems and Operations Management Speaker : S. Alex Yang  - Associate Professor, Management Science & Operations  London Business School    via ZOOM:  Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/92997851153 Meeting ID: 929 9785 1153 Paris