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Financing Firms in Hibernation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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  • Didier Brandao,Tatiana
  • Huneeus,Federico
  • Larrain,Mauricio
  • Schmukler,Sergio L.

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has imposed a heavy toll on economies worldwide, nearly halting economic activity. Although most firms should be viable when economic activity resumes, cash flows have collapsed, possibly triggering inefficient bankruptcies with long-term detrimental effects. Firms'valuable relationships with workers, suppliers, customers, governments, and creditors could be broken. Hibernation could slow the economy until the pandemic is brought under control and preserve those vital relationships for a quicker recovery. If all stakeholdersshare the burden of economic inactivity, firms are more likely to survive. Financing could help cover firms'reduced operational costs until the pandemic subdues. But financial systems are not well equipped to handle this type of exogenous and synchronized systemic shock. Governments could work with the financial sector to keep firms afloat, enabling forbearance as needed and absorbing part of the firms'increased credit risk, by implementing policies with proper incentives to keep firms viable.

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  • Didier Brandao,Tatiana & Huneeus,Federico & Larrain,Mauricio & Schmukler,Sergio L., 2020. "Financing Firms in Hibernation During the COVID-19 Pandemic," Research and Policy Briefs 147598, The World Bank.
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    Financial Crisis Management&Restructuring; Health Care Services Industry; Public Health Promotion; Financial Structures; Energy and Environment; Energy Demand; Energy and Mining;
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    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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