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The Macroeconomic Implications of Firm Selection

Dudley Cooke and Tatiana Damjanovic ()
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Dudley Cooke: Department of Economics, University of Exeter

No 1709, Discussion Papers from University of Exeter, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper studies the macroeconomic implications of firm selection in a model with monopolistic competition and translog preferences. Firm selection magni es the impact of aggregate technology shocks. Magni cation is limited by diminishing returns to new varieties and misallocation. We provide analytical results linking selection, diminishing returns, and misallocation with measured total factor productivity (TFP) and the distribution of firm-level productivity. A calibrated version of our model suggests the contribution of firm selection to variations in TFP is over 20 percent.

Keywords: Firm Selection; Translog Preferences; Productivity Distribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E32 L11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017
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