Changing Business Dynamism and Productivity: Shocks Versus Responsiveness

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The pace of job reallocation has declined in the United States in recent decades. In the presented paper, the authors draw insight from canonical models of business dynamics in which reallocation can decline due to (i) lower dispersion of idiosyncratic shocks faced by businesses, or (ii) weaker marginal responsiveness of businesses to shocks. They authors show that shock dispersion has actually risen, while the responsiveness of business- level employment to productivity has weakened. Moreover, declining responsiveness can account for a significant fraction of the decline in the pace of job reallocation, and they find suggestive evidence this has been a drag on aggregate productivity.


ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung


Prof. Javier Miranda PhD

Javier Miranda // Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle

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ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung


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