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Detecting Propagation Effects by Observing Aggregate Distributions: The Case of Lumpy Investments

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  • Luigi Guiso
  • Chaoqun Lai
  • Makoto Nirei

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By using an extensive panel data set of Italian firms, we show empirically that the fraction of firms that engage in a lumpy investment follows a non-normal, double-exponential distribution across region-year. We propose a simple sectoral model that generates the double-exponential distribution that arises from the complementarity of the firms' lumpy investments within a region. We calibrate the degree of complementarity by estimating an individual firm's behavior with the firm-level data. Simulations show that the degree of complementarity estimated at the firm level is consistent with the double-exponential fluctuations observed at the aggregate level.

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  • Luigi Guiso & Chaoqun Lai & Makoto Nirei, 2011. "Detecting Propagation Effects by Observing Aggregate Distributions: The Case of Lumpy Investments," Economics Working Papers ECO2011/25, European University Institute.
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    Keywords

    Interaction models; strategic complementarity; propagation effect; non-Gaussian uctuations; double-exponential distribution;

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    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity

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