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Corporate governance and the cost of public debt financing: Evidence from Japan

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This paper explores the relationship between corporate governance mechanisms and the cost of public debt financing in Japan. Using a sample of corporate bonds newly issued in Japan during the period 2005–2008, I find that CEO ownership is associated with higher yield spreads after controlling for other governance, bond, and firm characteristics. Founding family ownership is also positively related to yield spreads. In contrast, firms with large corporate shareholders enjoy lower yield spreads. These results are robust to various alternative specifications. Overall, my results indicate the importance of corporate governance mechanisms in Japanese corporate bond markets.

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  • Tanaka, Takanori, 2014. "Corporate governance and the cost of public debt financing: Evidence from Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 315-335.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jjieco:v:34:y:2014:i:c:p:315-335
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jjie.2014.03.002
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    1. Shin-ichi Fukuda & Munehisa Kasuya & Jouchi Nakajima, 2018. "The Role of Corporate Governance in Japanese Unlisted Companies," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-1081, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
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    Keywords

    Yield spreads; Ownership structure; Corporate governance;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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