Efficient Financial Allocation and Productivity Growth in Brazil

25 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2018

See all articles by Pietro Calice

Pietro Calice

World Bank

Eduardo P. Ribeiro

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS

Steen Byskov

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: June 19, 2018

Abstract

This paper attempts to study the impact of Brazilian Development Bank credit on resource misallocation in Brazil, using manufacturing firm-level data from 2003-14. The paper first estimates measures of resource misallocation based on Hsieh and Klenow (2009), documenting high variation in firms' capital and output distortions. It then estimates the effect of financial frictions and access to Brazilian Development Bank loans on distortions and their dispersions. The analysis finds some preliminary evidence that the use of Brazilian Development Bank credit is not associated with a more efficient allocation of resources. The lower cost of Brazilian Development Bank loans reduces the marginal cost of capital, as it induces firms to reallocate inputs from labor to capital, and this effect is amplified for more financially dependent firms. The findings, together with extant evidence on the economic additionality of the Brazilian Development Bank, suggest that there is room for improving the allocative efficiency of the earmarked credit system in Brazil.

Keywords: Plastics & Rubber Industry, Pulp & Paper Industry, Common Carriers Industry, Food & Beverage Industry, General Manufacturing, Textiles, Apparel & Leather Industry, Construction Industry, Business Cycles and Stabilization Policies, Economic Theory & Research, Economic Growth, Industrial Economics, Governance Diagnostic Capacity Building, Macroeconomic Management, Economic Forecasting, Public Sector Administrative and Civil Service Reform, Public Sector Administrative & Civil Service Reform, De Facto Governments, Democratic Government, Administrative & Civil Service Reform, Banks & Banking Reform

Suggested Citation

Calice, Pietro and Ribeiro, Eduardo P. and Byskov, Steen, Efficient Financial Allocation and Productivity Growth in Brazil (June 19, 2018). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8479. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3238313

Pietro Calice (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Eduardo P. Ribeiro

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS ( email )

Rio Grande do Sul
Graduate Program in Economics - PPGE Av. Joao Pessoa, 52, sala 33b
Porto Alegre 90040-000
Brazil
55 51 3316 3440 (Phone)
55 51 3316 3507 (Fax)

Steen Byskov

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
14
Abstract Views
83
PlumX Metrics