• 1 Introduction
  • 2 Conceptualizing Equity and Financing Gaps
  • 3 Capital structure theories
  • 4 The capital structure of German SMEs
  • 5 A “happy” story? - Empirical results on capital structure
  • 6 External equity financing
  • 7 Credit rationing
  • 8 The German Banking System
  • 9 Further evidence on financing constraints
  • 10 Conclusion
  • REFERENCES