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The Sources of Capital Misallocation

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  • Joel M. David
  • Venky Venkateswaran

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We develop and implement a methodology to disentangle various sources of capital misallocation, i.e., dispersion in static marginal products. Our strategy uses readily observable moments in firm-level data, e.g., capital and revenues, to measure the contributions of technological and informational frictions as well as a rich class of (potentially distortionary) firm-specific factors. Applying this method to manufacturing firms in China reveals a modest role for adjustment costs and uncertainty. A substantial fraction of the observed misallocation comes from other idiosyncratic factors, both productivity/size-dependent as well as permanent. Adjustment costs are relatively more salient for large US firms, though permanent firm-specific factors remain important. We bound the effects of unobserved heterogeneity in technologies/markups – our results suggest they account for a limited fraction of observed misallocation in China, but a potentially large share for US firms.

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  • Joel M. David & Venky Venkateswaran, 2017. "The Sources of Capital Misallocation," NBER Working Papers 23129, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:23129
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    1. Diego Restuccia, 2018. "Misallocation and Aggregate Productivity across Time and Space," Working Papers tecipa-608, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
    2. Matthias Kehrig & Nicolas Vincent, 2017. "Do Firms Mitigate or Magnify Capital Misallocation? Evidence from Planet-Level Data," CESifo Working Paper Series 6401, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Yan Bai & Dan Lu & Xu Tian, 2018. "Do Financial Frictions Explain Chinese Firms’ Saving and Misallocation?," NBER Working Papers 24436, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    • E0 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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