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Financial Constraints, Sectoral Heterogeneity, and the Cyclicality of Investment

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While investment in most sectors declines in response to a contractionary monetary policy shock, investment in the manufacturing sector increases. Using manually digitized aggregate income and balance sheet data for the universe of U.S. manufacturing firms, I show this increase is driven by the types of firms that are least likely to be financially constrained. A two-sector New Keynesian model with financial frictions can match these facts; unconstrained firms are able to take advantage of the decline in the user cost of capital caused by the monetary contraction, while constrained firms are forced to cut back.

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  • Cooper Howes, 2021. "Financial Constraints, Sectoral Heterogeneity, and the Cyclicality of Investment," Research Working Paper RWP 21-06, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedkrw:93095
    DOI: 10.18651/RWP2021-06
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    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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