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Do Financial Frictions Matter as a Source of Misallocation? Evidence from Japan

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  • Kaoru Hosono

    (Principal Economist, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance Visiting Staff, Gakushuin University Research Institute for Economics and Management)

  • Miho Takizawa

    (Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Toyo University)

Abstract

We evaluate the role of borrowing constraints in misallocation overall using a rich plant-level dataset of manufacturers in Japan. We first measure plant-level distortions and estimate the hypothetical TFP gains and plantsize distributions that would be achieved if all plant-level distortions were removed. Then we develop a dynamic general equilibrium model incorporating borrowing constraints, parameterize it using plant-level information, and estimate the hypothetical TFP gains and plant-size distributions that would be realized if borrowing constraints were removed. Comparing the modelbased counterfactual experiments with the measured misallocation overall, we find that borrowing constraints are a significant, but not a major source of misallocation overall in the manufacturing sector in Japan.

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  • Kaoru Hosono & Miho Takizawa, 2012. "Do Financial Frictions Matter as a Source of Misallocation? Evidence from Japan," Discussion papers ron246, Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance Japan.
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    1. Jeremy Greenwood & Juan Sanchez & Cheng Wang, 2013. "Quantifying the Impact of Financial Development on Economic Development," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 16(1), pages 194-215, January.
    2. HOSONO Kaoru & TAKIZAWA Miho, 2015. "Misallocation and Establishment Dynamics," Discussion papers 15011, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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    Keywords

    Borrowing Constraints; Misallocation; Aggregate Total Factor Productivity (TFP); Plant-size Distribution;

    JEL classification:

    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity

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