Credit Market Imperfections and Persistent Unemployment

20 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2000 Last revised: 19 Oct 2010

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Daron Acemoglu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: October 2000

Abstract

This paper develops the thesis that credit market frictions may be an important contributor to high unemployment in Europe. When a change in the technological regime necessitates the creation of new firms, this can happen relatively rapidly in the U.S. where credit markets function efficiently. In contrast, in Europe, job creation is constrained by credit market imperfections, so unemployment rises and remains high for an extended period. The data show that there has not been slower growth in the most credit dependent industries in Europe relative to the U.S., but the share of employment in these industries is lower than in the U.S.. This suggests that although credit market imperfections are unlikely to have been the major cause of the increase in European unemployment, they may have played some role in limiting European employment growth.

Suggested Citation

Acemoglu, Daron, Credit Market Imperfections and Persistent Unemployment (October 2000). NBER Working Paper No. w7938. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=244036

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