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Financial Distress and Employment: The Japanese Case in the 90s

  • Kazuo Ogawa

We examine quantitatively the extent to which financial distress in the 1990s affected employment behavior in Japan. Based on the firm-level panel data that include small firms, we estimate dynamic labor demand function, taking the impact of financial distress on employment into consideration. We find that the firm's ratio of debt to total asset exerts a significantly negative effect on employment of small firms. We also find that employment of small firms is sensitively affected by lending attitude of financial institutions.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 9646.

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Date of creation: Apr 2003
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:9646
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