Data and Code for: Small and Large Firms over the Business Cycle



This paper uses new confidential Census data to revisit the relationship between firm size, cyclicality, and financial frictions. First, we find that large firms (the top 1% by size) are less cyclically sensitive than the rest. Second, high and rising concentration implies that the higher cyclicality of the bottom 99% of firms only has a modest impact on aggregate fluctuations. Third, differences in cyclicality are not simply explained by financing, and in fact appear largely unrelated to proxies for financial strength. We instead provide evidence for an alternative mechanism based on the industry scope of the very largest firms.
Date made available2020
PublisherICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Date of data productionJan 1 1977 - Dec 31 2014
Geographical coverageUSA

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