Why Small Businesses Were Hit Harder by the Recent Recession

7 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2011

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Aysegul Sahin

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Sagiri Kitao

City University of New York, CUNY Hunter College - Department of Economics

Anna Cororaton

United States Energy Information Administration

Sergiu Laiu

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Date Written: July 1, 2011

Abstract

Although both large and small businesses felt the sting of job losses during the 2007-09 downturn, small firms experienced disproportionate declines. A study of the recession’s employment effect on small firms suggests that poor sales and economic uncertainty were the main reasons for their weak performance and sluggish recovery - problems that affected large firms too, but to a lesser degree. Although a tightened credit supply constrained some small firms, weak consumer demand for the firms’ products and services was a more pressing factor, reducing revenues and dampening new investment spending.

Keywords: Small businesses, Great recession of 2007, Employment

JEL Classification: E24,J21

Suggested Citation

Sahin, Aysegul and Kitao, Sagiri and Cororaton, Anna and Laiu, Sergiu, Why Small Businesses Were Hit Harder by the Recent Recession (July 1, 2011). Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Vol. 17, No. 4, July 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1895527 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1895527

Aysegul Sahin (Contact Author)

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Sagiri Kitao

City University of New York, CUNY Hunter College - Department of Economics ( email )

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Anna Cororaton

United States Energy Information Administration ( email )

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Sergiu Laiu

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )

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