The Effect of Cash Injections: Evidence from the 1980s Farm Debt Crisis

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Nittai Bergman

Tel Aviv University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Rajkamal Iyer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Richard T. Thakor

University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management

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Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

What is the effect of cash injections during financial crises? Exploiting county-level variation arising from random weather shocks during the 1980s Farm Debt Crisis, we analyze and measure the effect of local cash flow shocks on the real and financial sector. We show that such cash flow shocks have significant impact on a host of economic outcomes, including land values, loan delinquency rates, the probability of bank failure, employment, and wages. Estimates of the effect of local cash flow shocks on county income levels during the financial crisis yield a multiplier of 1.63.

Suggested Citation

Bergman, Nittai and Iyer, Rajkamal and Thakor, Richard T., The Effect of Cash Injections: Evidence from the 1980s Farm Debt Crisis (June 2017). NBER Working Paper No. w23546. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2992440

Nittai Bergman (Contact Author)

Tel Aviv University

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Rajkamal Iyer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

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Richard T. Thakor

University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management ( email )

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