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The Misfortune of Non-financial Firms in a Financial Crisis: Disentangling Finance and Demand Shocks


  • Tong, Hui
  • Wei, Shang-Jin


If a non-financial firm does not do well in a financial crisis, it could be due to either a contraction of demand for its output or a contraction of supply of external finance. We propose a framework to assess the relative importance of the two shocks, making use of a measure of a firm's financial constraint based on Whited and Wu (2006) and another measure of sensitivity to a demand shock, and apply it to the 2007-2008 crisis. We find robust evidence suggesting that both channels are at work, but that a finance shock is economically more important in understanding the plight of non-financial firms.

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  • Tong, Hui & Wei, Shang-Jin, 2009. "The Misfortune of Non-financial Firms in a Financial Crisis: Disentangling Finance and Demand Shocks," CEPR Discussion Papers 7208, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:7208

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    1. Shoham Amir & Pelzman Joseph, 2011. "A Review of the Crises," Global Economy Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 11(2), pages 1-19, July.
    2. Bekaert, Geert & Ehrmann, Michael & Fratzscher, Marcel & Mehl, Arnaud, 2011. "Global crises and equity market contagion," CEPR Discussion Papers 8438, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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    demand shock; financial crisis; liquidity constraint;

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    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance

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