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Banking crisis and productivity of borrowing firms: Evidence from Japan

Fumio Akiyoshi and Keiichiro Kobayashi

Japan and the World Economy, 2010, vol. 22, issue 3, 141-150

Abstract: We investigate the effects of bank distress on the productivity of borrowing firms by using data on listed companies in the Japanese manufacturing industry during the 1990s. We find that deterioration in the financial health of banks, which is measured by a decline in the capital-asset ratio, decreased the productivity of their borrowers during the period of the severe financial crisis (FY1997-1998). Our finding empirically confirms the theoretical view that an increase in financial friction negatively affects the productivity of the corporate sector.

Keywords: Total; factor; productivity; Banking; crisis; Credit; crunch (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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