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Bank Size and Lending Relationships in Japan


Hirofumi Uchida


Kobe University - Graduate School of Business Administration

Gregory F. Udell


Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Finance

Wako Watanabe


Osaka University - Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)

August 22, 2008

Journal of Japanese and International Economies, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2008

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Current theoretical and empirical research suggests that small banks have a comparative advantage in processing soft information and delivering relationship lending. The most comprehensive analysis of this view found using US data that smaller SMEs borrow from smaller banks and smaller banks have stronger relationships with their borrowers [Berger, A.N., Miller, N.H., Petersen, M.A., Rajan, R.G., Stein, J.C., 2005. Does function follow organizational form? Evidence from the lending practices of large and small banks. J. Finan. Econ. 76, 237-269]. We employ essentially the same methodology as Berger et al. on a unique Japanese data set and find results that are quite interesting from an international comparison point of view. We find, like Berger et al. in the US, that larger firms tend to borrow from larger banks, and that smaller banks have stronger relationships with their borrowers. However, additionally we find that the former result is not due to larger firms being more transparent in terms of their financial statements. These results imply that although small banks' comparative advantage in relationship lending is likely to be universal, large banks may not necessarily have a comparative advantage in extending transactions-based lending.

Keywords: Banks, Small and medium enterprises, Relationship lending, Transactions-based lending, Japan

JEL Classification: G21, L22, G32, D82, D83

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Uchida, Hirofumi and Udell, Gregory F. and Watanabe, Wako, Bank Size and Lending Relationships in Japan (August 22, 2008). Journal of Japanese and International Economies, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1246122

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Hirofumi Uchida (Contact Author)
Kobe University - Graduate School of Business Administration ( email )
2-1, Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku
Kobe, 657-8501
Japan
81-78-803-6949 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.b.kobe-u.ac.jp/~uchida
Gregory F. Udell
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Finance ( email )
1309 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Wako Watanabe
Osaka University - Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) ( email )
6-1 Mihogaoka
Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047
Japan
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