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Journal Article

Banks, firms, and jobs


Publication date

Jun 2018


We analyze the heterogeneous employment effects of financial shocks using a rich data set of job contracts, matched with the universe of firms and their lending banks in one Italian region. To isolate the effect of the financial shock, we construct a firm-specific time-varying measure of credit supply. The preferred estimate indicates that the average elasticity of employment to a credit supply shock is 0.36⁠. Adjustment affects both the extensive and the intensive margins and is concentrated among workers with temporary contracts. We also examine the heterogeneous effects of the credit crunch by education, age, gender and nationality.

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Review of Financial Studies

Volume and page numbers

31 , 2113 -2156



Labour Market, Organizations And Firms, Economics, and Finance


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