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Japanese Banks’ monitoring activities and the performance of borrower firms: 1981–1996

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  • Kyoji Fukao

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  • Kiyohiko Nishimura

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  • Qing-Yuan Sui

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  • Masayo Tomiyama

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Using micro data of Japanese banks and borrower firms, we construct an index measure that quantitatively describes the monitoring activities of Japanese banks. We examine the effects of bank monitoring on the profitability of borrower firms. We find significant positive effects in the periods 1986-1991 and 1992-1996, although there is no significant effect in the 1981-1985 period . We also examine how banks' monitoring affects borrowers. The results show that the positive effects of banks' monitoring on borrowers' profitability are mostly caused by screening effects, not performance-improving effects.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Economics and Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 2 (2005)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 337-362

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Handle: RePEc:kap:iecepo:v:2:y:2005:i:4:p:337-362

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Keywords: Main banks; Bank monitoring; Quantitative measure; Screening effects; Performance-improving effects; G21; G28;

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  1. Patrick McGuire, 2009. "Bank ties and firm performance in Japan: some evidence since FY2002," BIS Working Papers 272, Bank for International Settlements.
  2. Kyoji Fukao & Tomohiko Inui & Hiroki Kawai & Tsutomu Miyagawa, 2004. "Sectoral Productivity and Economic Growth in Japan, 1970–98: An Empirical Analysis Based on the JIP Database," NBER Chapters, in: Growth and Productivity in East Asia, NBER-East Asia Seminar on Economics, Volume 13, pages 177-228 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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