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Asymmetric Firm Dynamics under Rational Inattention

  • Antonella Tutino

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)

  • Anton Cheremukhin

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)

We document new evidence on the link between business failures, markups and business cycle asymmetry in the U.S. economy. We study a model where costly information-processing constraints affect exit decisions of heterogeneous firms in the presence of an aggregate demand externality. We show that such a model is capable of explaining both the novel and the classical empirical evidence on output growth asymmetry, the asymmetry between entry and exit rates, as well as counter-cyclical variations in profit margins.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2012 Meeting Papers with number 161.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:red:sed012:161
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