Banking crisis and productivity of borrowing firms: Evidence from Japan

Fumio Akiyoshi, Keiichiro Kobayashi

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-150
Number of pages10
JournalJapan and The World Economy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug
Externally publishedYes


  • Banking crisis
  • Credit crunch
  • Total factor productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations


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