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Cross Sectoral Variation in the Volatility of Plant Level Idiosyncratic Shocks

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  • Rui Castro
  • Gian Luca Clementi
  • Yoonsoo Lee

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type="main"> We estimate the volatility of plant–level idiosyncratic shocks in U.S. manufacturing. We measure the variation in Revenue Total Factor Productivity not explained by either industry or economy–wide factors, or by establishments’ characteristics. We find that idiosyncratic shocks are much larger than aggregate shocks, accounting for about 80% of the overall uncertainty faced by plants. Plants in the most volatile sector are subject to about six times as much idiosyncratic uncertainty as plants in the least volatile. We provide evidence suggesting that idiosyncratic risk is higher in industries where the extent of creative destruction is likely to be greater.

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  • Rui Castro & Gian Luca Clementi & Yoonsoo Lee, 2015. "Cross Sectoral Variation in the Volatility of Plant Level Idiosyncratic Shocks," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 63(1), pages 1-29, March.
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    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure
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