Release the constraints: Solving the problems of export financing in troublesome times Academic Article uri icon


  • Export growth is seen by governments as being a key to economic recovery. In the United States, the Obama Administration pledged to double exports by the year 2015. To gain greater insights into exporting as an engine for growth, we look to export lenders to understand the contextual changes in export lending, as well as priorities in evaluating exporters. Findings from a study of export lenders on the lender referral list of the Export-Import Bank of the United States suggest that changes in the financial industry's structure over the last two decades, coupled with the economic recession, have motivated policy-at both the lending firm and governmental level-that hampers the ability of exporting to contribute to economic recovery. Further, the findings suggest that current lender policy encourages a focus on short-term returns rather than an exporter's long-term strategic position in the market. Lender preferences, in addition to governmental policies increasing regulation of the financial sector, place significant constraints on economic recovery. Thus, we call for key lender and governmental policy changes that could release industry constraints and unleash the export engine for economic recovery. 2012 Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.

published proceedings

  • Business Horizons

author list (cited authors)

  • Griffith, D. A., & Czinkota, M. R.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Griffith, David A||Czinkota, Michael R

publication date

  • May 2012