Balance Sheet Repair and Corporate Investment in Japan

Author/Editor:

Joong S Kang

Publication Date:

August 4, 2014

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We trace Japanese firms’ behavior over the last decades using aggregate corporate balance sheet data. Financial health of Japanese corporate sector has improved and firms paid back significant amount of debt and rebuilt their liquidity buffers. They also expanded abroad while the pace of corporate investment moderated. Regarding the latter, model estimates on aggregate corporate investment over the post bubble period show that expectation about future profitability, in particular medium-term demand outlook, has been the major driver, implying that a successful implementation of structural reforms could have positive impact even in the near term by improving the medium-term demand outlook.

Series:

Working Paper No. 14/141

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 4, 2014

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498323628/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2014141

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

21

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