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Contracts, firm dynamics, and aggregate productivity

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  • Lopez-Martin, Bernabe
  • Perez-Reyna, David

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We construct a firm-dynamics framework to evaluate the impact of the enforcement of contracts between final goods producers and intermediate goods suppliers on firm life-cycle growth, technology accumulation, and aggregate productivity. We show that contractual incompleteness implies a wedge on profits, which disincentives technology accumulation and is potentially correlated with technology, in addition to wedges on production decisions. In our model we find that contract enforcement accounts for differences in output per worker of 22 percent when we compare India to the U.S. The impact on firm life-cycle growth, the age and size distribution of firms is quantitatively significant.

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  • Lopez-Martin, Bernabe & Perez-Reyna, David, 2021. "Contracts, firm dynamics, and aggregate productivity," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 130(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:130:y:2021:i:c:s0165188921001251
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2021.104190
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    Contracts; Aggregate productivity; Firm dynamics; Size dependent-distortions;
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    JEL classification:

    • D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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