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Credit frictions and the cleansing effect of recessions

  • Sophie Osotimehin

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  • Francesco Pappada

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Recessions are conventionally considered as times when the least productive rms are driven out of the market. Do credit frictions hamper this cleansing e ect of recessions? We build and calibrate a model of rm dynamics with endogenous exit and credit frictions to investigate this question. We nd that, despite their distortionary e ect on the selection of exiting rms, credit frictions do not reverse the cleansing e ect of recession. Average idiosyncratic productivity rises following an adverse aggregate shock. Our results also suggest that recessions have a modest impact on average productivity whatever the level of credit frictions

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Paper provided by University of Virginia, Department of Economics in its series Virginia Economics Online Papers with number 403.

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