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The Role of Trade Credit for Small Firms : An Implication from Japan’s Banking Crisis

  • Shin-ichi Fukuda


  • Munehisa Kasuya
  • Kentaro Akashi

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the role of trade credit during the banking crisis in Japan. Trade credit is one of the most important sources of short-term external finance for small firms. Previous literature has focused mainly on the substitution of bank loans for trade credit during monetary tightening among many firms, but in this paper we investigate the role of trade credit during the banking crisis. The basic motivation is to explore whether the substitution hypothesis still holds even under serious financial turbulence. Our main results suggest that the substitution hypothesis held in Japan when the banking sector was healthy, but broke down during the banking crisis. More precisely, both bank loans and trade credit contracted simultaneously during the crisis. Deteriorated bank health might have been primarily responsible for the widespread declines of credit to small and medium size firms in Japan during the banking crisis.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Finance Working Papers with number 22596.

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Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:eab:financ:22596
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  1. Shin-ichi Fukuda & Munehisa Kasuya & Kentaro Akashi, 2005. "Impaired Bank Health and Default Risk," Bank of Japan Working Paper Series 05-E-13, Bank of Japan.
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