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Adjustment costs and factor demand: new evidence from firms' real estate

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  • Bergeaud, Antonin
  • Ray, Simon

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We study corporate real estate frictions and their effect on firm dynamics and labour demand. We build and simulate a general equilibrium model with heterogeneous firms that predicts the response of firms to a productivity shock in the presence of fixed adjustment costs on real estate. Using a large firm-level database merged with local real estate prices, we then exploit variations in the tax on capital gains to document a causal effect of adjustment costs on firms' labour demand and derive new results on the causes and implications of firms' local relocation.

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  • Bergeaud, Antonin & Ray, Simon, 2021. "Adjustment costs and factor demand: new evidence from firms' real estate," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 114481, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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