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Entry Cost, Financial Friction, and Cross-Country Differences in Income and TFP

Lei Fang
Working Paper 2010-16
September 2010

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This paper develops a model to assess the quantitative effect of entry cost and financial friction on cross-country income and total factor productivity (TFP) differences. The main focus is on the interaction between entry cost and financial friction. The model is calibrated to match establishment-level statistics for the U.S. economy assuming a perfect financial market. The quantitative analysis shows that entry costs and financial frictions together can generate a factor ten of the differences in income per capita and a factor five of the differences in TFP, and a large part of the differences are accounted for by the interaction between entry cost and financial friction. The main mechanism is that financial friction amplifies the effect of entry cost by boosting the effective entry cost.

JEL classification: O11, O43

Key words: entry cost, financial friction, GDP per capita, TFP


The author thanks seminar participants in the 2010 Midwest Macroeconomics Meetings, the 2010 Tsinghua Macroeconomics Workshop for Young Economists, and the 2010 meeting of the Society for Economic Dynamics. The views expressed here are the authors' and not necessarily those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta or the Federal Reserve System. Any remaining errors are the authors' responsibility.

Please address questions regarding content to Lei Fang, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 1000 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309-4470, 404-498-8057, Lei.Fang@atl.frb.org.

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