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Firm entry and exit, investment irreversibility, and business cycle dynamics

Pavol Majher ()
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Vienna Economics Papers from University of Vienna, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper studies the role of rms' entry and exit for business cycle dynamics in an environment, where physical capital is partially sunk. Extending a heterogeneous- rm model a la Hopenhayn (1992) by aggregate productivity shocks and partially irreversible investment yields substantial endogenous ampli cation and propagation. A positive aggregate productivity shock increases the number of entrants and their initial investment levels, because the expected entry value outweighs the implicit sunk cost associated with investment irreversibility. The endogenous propagation of an exogenous stimulus arises via a built-in selection device, as the production growth of new businesses over their lifecycle exceeds the decay due to exits of the least productive rms.

JEL-codes: D92 E22 E37 L11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-dge, nep-ent and nep-mac
Date: 2015-10
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