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Marcelo E. A. Silva, Rafael Vasconcelos and Paulo Vaz
''Expectations and firm dynamics: Aggregate versus idiosyncratic shocks in emerging economies.''
( 2022, Vol. 42 No.3 )
This paper assesses producer-expectation-driven fluctuations at the firm level in an emerging economy, disentangling three types of expectation shocks. Using unique microdata on expectations and firm decisions, it shows expectation shocks influence output, employment, and investment at the firm level like that usually associated with aggregate business cycles, indicating a widespread market reaction to this type of shock. It also shows that the intensity of those effects varies depending on the nature of the shock. While output and employment responses are larger to idiosyncratic expectation shocks, investment, on the other hand, is more sensitive to expectation shocks associated with the aggregate economy. Survey-based monitoring and policy interventions to anchor producers' expectations in environments plagued by great uncertainty should be aware of such heterogeneity.
Keywords: Firm Dynamics, Producers Confidence, Expectation, Panel VAR Models.
JEL: E3 - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles: General (includes Measurement and Data)
C3 - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions
Manuscript Received : Apr 18 2022 Manuscript Accepted : Sep 30 2022

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