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Real Effects of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis :, Is it a Demand or a Finance Shock?, Hui Tong, Shang-Jin Wei

We develop a methodology to study how the subprime crisis spills over to the real economy. Does it manifest itself primarily through reducing consumer demand or through tightening liquidity constraint on non-financial firms? Since most non-financial firms have much larger cash holding than before, they appear unlikely to face significant liquidity constraint. We propose a methodology to estimate these two channels of spillovers. We first propose an index of a firm's sensitivity to consumer demand, based on its response to the 9/11 shock in 2001. We then construct a separate firm-level index on financial constraint based on Whited and Wu (2006). We find that both channels are at work, but a tightened liquidity squeeze is economically more important than a reduced consumer spending in explaining cross firm differences in stock price declines
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. Specification and Key Variables; A. Basic Specification; B. Key Data; III. Empirical Analysis; A. Basic Results; B. Evolving Roles of Liquidity Constraint and Demand Contractions; C. Alternative Measure of Financial Dependence; D. Placebo Tests; E. Exposures to Exchange Rate and Commodity Price Movement; F. Additional Robustness Checks and Extensions; IV. Conclusion; References; Tables; 1a. Summary Statistics; 1b. Correlation Among Variables; 2. Change in Stock Price during the Subprime Crisis; 3. Alternative Measure of Financial Dependence
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non fiction
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