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The measurement of financial intermediation in Japan

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  • Capelle-Blancard, Gunther
  • Couppey-Soubeyran, Jezabel
  • Soulat, Laurent

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In this paper, we compute financial intermediation ratios for Japan (1970-2003) on a book value basis. According to our results, the intermediation ratio has remained quite stable, at around 85%. However, this stability is the result of two opposing trends : a decrease in credits and an increase in financial securities owned by financial (mostly, non banking) institutions. These two opposing trends would not have appeared if we had used traditional indicators computed as a fraction on GDP, or that build on a narrow definition of intermediation or use market value data. Fundamentally, our results provide evidence for a very close relation between intermediate financings and market financings and tend to reject the hypothesis of the Japanese financial system's convergence toward a capital market-based system.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Japan and the World Economy.

Volume (Year): 20 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 40-60

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Handle: RePEc:eee:japwor:v:20:y:2008:i:1:p:40-60

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  3. Lee, Chien-Chiang & Hsieh, Meng-Fen & Yang, Shih-Jui, 2014. "The relationship between revenue diversification and bank performance: Do financial structures and financial reforms matter?," Japan and the World Economy, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 18-35.
  4. Zhanyu Ying, 2010. "Study on the measurement of China’s financial intermediation ratio in terms of stock: 1992–2006," Frontiers of Economics in China, Springer, vol. 5(3), pages 430-444, September.

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