The Long-Run Real Effects of Banking Crises: Firm-Level Investment Dynamics and the Role of Wage Rigidity
68 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 22, 2017
This paper studies the long-run effects of credit market disruptions on real firm outcomes and how these effects depend on nominal wage rigidities at the firm level. I trace out the long-run investment and growth trajectories of firms which are more adversely affected by a transitory shock to aggregate credit supply. Affected firms exhibit a temporary investment gap for two years following the shock, resulting in a persistent accumulated growth gap. I show that affected firms with a higher degree of wage rigidity exhibit a steeper drop in investment and grow more slowly than affected firms with more flexible wages.
Keywords: Financial Crises, Bank Lending, Real Effects, Firm Investment, Wage Rigidity, Labor Hoarding
JEL Classification: E22, E24, E51, G01, G21, G31
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