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Does Trade Credit Provides Favorable Information to Banks? Evidence from Japan

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  • Takanori Tanaka

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This paper examines whether trade credit as a credible signal about firm fs creditworthiness to banks facilitates provision of bank credit to the firms receiving trade credit. Using data on Japanese manufacturing firms over the period 1990-1995, we find that firms receiving trade credit are provided short-term credit by less-informed banks. Consequently, in the firms that have arm fs-length relations with banks, trade credit plays an important role in mitigating asymmetric information problems between firms and banks, thereby facilitating extension of bank credit.

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  • Takanori Tanaka, 2009. "Does Trade Credit Provides Favorable Information to Banks? Evidence from Japan," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 09-22-Rev, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), revised Feb 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:0922r
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    Keywords

    Trade Credit; Bank Credit;

    JEL classification:

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

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