WASHINGTON — Though President Obama began a concerted push this week to encourage bankers to boost lending to small businesses, some are wondering if the government will come to regret trying to force the issue.

With the economy still in turmoil, offering economic incentives to increase lending could backfire if small businesses begin defaulting. While few predict a small-business bubble that would equal the one that brought down real estate, many said it is dangerous for the government to advocate specific types of lending.

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