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Credit Crunches and Credit Allocation in a Model of Entrepreneurship

Marco Bassetto, Marco Cagetti, Mariacristina De Nardi

NBER Working Paper No. 19296
Issued in August 2013
NBER Program(s):   EFG   PE

We study the effects of credit shocks in a model with heterogeneous entrepreneurs, financing constraints, and a realistic firm size distribution. As entrepreneurial firms can grow only slowly and rely heavily on retained earnings to expand the size of their business in this set-up, we show that, by reducing entrepreneurial firm size and earnings, negative shocks have a very persistent effect on real activity. In determining the speed of recovery from an adverse economic shock, the most important factor is the extent to which the shock erodes entrepreneurial wealth.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w19296

Published: Marco Bassetto & Marco Cagetti & Mariacristina De Nardi, . "Credit Crunches and Credit Allocation in a Model of Entrepreneurship," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics. citation courtesy of

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