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Does a large loss of bank capital cause Evergreening? Evidence from Japan

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Using the real estate lending share of the bank's loan portfolio at the peak of the land-price bubble as an instrument for bank capital, we identify the impact of capital adequacy on the allocation of bank lending under the Basel regulatory framework. We find that, in Japan, a large loss of bank capital caused by the regulator's excessively tough stance towards banks not only induced the contraction of the bank lending supply but also the banks' reallocation of their lending portfolios to financially unhealthy industries with a higher concentration of non-performing loans.

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  • Watanabe, Wako, 2010. "Does a large loss of bank capital cause Evergreening? Evidence from Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 116-136, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jjieco:v:24:y:2010:i:1:p:116-136
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