Firm-specific learning and the investment behavior of large and small firms
AbstractWe examine a model of the size distribution and growth of firms whereby firms learn about idiosyncratic productivity parameters. Aggregate shocks, by adding noise to learning at the firm level, can produce differentiated response across firms with their reactions depending on the position of the firms in their individual life cycle. In particular, young firms, which are smaller on average than older firms, can 'overreact' to aggregate shocks. Such differences across firm sizes and ages, which arise here in a model with perfect financial markets, are often attributed to financial frictions that to financial frictions that hit small and large firms differently.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in its series Working Paper with number 99-03.
Date of creation: 1999
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- Wenli Li & John Weinberg, 2003. "Firm-Specific Learning and the Investment Behavior of Large and Small Firms," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 44(2), pages 599-625, 05.
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- Eugenio P. Pinto, 2009. "Firms' relative sensitivity to aggregate shocks and the dynamics of gross job flows," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2009-02, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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