Theory suggests a range of technological characteristics that might interact with the business cycle depending on what kind of shocks or propagation mechanisms are quantitatively important. We use variation in industry growth within manufacturing to determine which technological characteristics interact significantly with the business cycle. We find that growth in labor intensive industries is especially sensitive to contractions. We show this cross-industry asymmetry occurs specifically in contractions, not in recoveries nor over the cycle in general.
Technology, Business cycle, Financing constraints, Inalienability of human capital, Financial development
Economics | Industrial Organization
European Economic Review
SAMANIEGO, Roberto M. and SUN, Yu.
Technology and Contractions: Evidence from Manufacturing. (2015). European Economic Review. 79, 172-195. Research Collection School Of Economics.
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