On the cleansing effect of recessions and government policy: evidence from Covid-19

Nicholas Kozeniauskas*, Pedro Moreira, Cezar Santos

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Recessions can have a cleansing effect by encouraging the reallocation of resources from low-productivity firms towards higher-productivity ones. Whether this effect actually occurs is still debated. We contribute to answering this question by providing new evidence. Using a survey of firms matched with administrative data, we trace out the Covid-19 recession's effects across the productivity distribution. Higher-productivity firms are found to have been more successful at maintaining employment, but there was not a rise in exit amongst lower-productivity firms. In line with the theory that support policies offset the cleansing effect of recessions, high-productivity firms are also found to have been less likely to take up government support.
Idioma originalEnglish
Número do artigo104097
Número de páginas23
RevistaEuropean Economic Review
Volume144
DOIs
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - mai 2022

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