Japan's banking crisis: An event-study perspective

Hideaki Miyajima, Yishay Yafeh*

*Corresponding author for this work

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We calculate abnormal stock returns for Japanese non-financial companies around major events associated with the banking crisis (1995-2000), and find that not all companies were equally sensitive to the malaise of the banking sector: the most affected were small, leveraged, low-tech companies with low credit ratings and low market to book ratios. This is consistent with "credit crunch" theories (companies with limited access to financial markets are sensitive to changes in bank lending) and with claims that innovation is rarely financed by bank debt. We do not find much evidence on the alleged misallocation of loans to support ailing bank clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2866-2885
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sept


  • Banking crisis
  • Event-study
  • Japan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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