How Does Firm-level Risk Affect Productivity?
44 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2020
Date Written: October 15, 2019
This study quantifies and decomposes the impact of increasing firm risk on different production factors. We find that a one standard deviation increase in firm-level risk reduces the total output growth rate of a firm by 1.19 percentage points, of which approximately 77% is from the reduction in total factor productivity growth, 21% is from slower labor growth and only 2% is from slower capital growth. We provide the first evidence of the relationship between firm risk and firm-level total factor productivity, and the transmission mechanisms are reduced human capital investment and a tightened financial constraint.
Keywords: Firm-level uncertainty, Total factor productivity, Human Capital, Financial Constraint
JEL Classification: D81, G32
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