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The Within-Distribution Business Cycle Dynamics of German Firms

  • Sebastian Weber


  • Joerg Doepke


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    We analyse stylised facts for Germany’s business cycle at the firm level. Based on longitudinal firm-level data from the Bundesbank’s balance sheet statistics covering, on average, 55,000 firms per year from 1971 to 1998, we estimate transition probabilities of a firm in a certain real sales growth regime switching to another regime in the next period. We find that these probabilities depend on the business cycle position.

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    Paper provided by Hamburg University, Department of Economics in its series Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers with number 20609.

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    Date of creation: Sep 2006
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