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Corporate financing and product market competition: evidence from firm-level data in Japan

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  • Takanori Tanaka

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This paper investigates the link between external financing and product market competition by focusing on different maturity structures. Using firm-level data for Japanese manufacturing firms over the period 1990-1995, we find that long-term loans enable firms to compete aggressively at a level below profit maximization. By contrast, short-term loans are not related to product market competition. Our results suggest that long-term loans play an important role in investment in market share for long-term profits through lowering prices.

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  • Takanori Tanaka, 2010. "Corporate financing and product market competition: evidence from firm-level data in Japan," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 30(2), pages 1373-1383.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-09-00440
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    Keywords

    debt financing; price-cost margin;

    JEL classification:

    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance

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