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How Do Firms Withstand A Global Economic Shock: Evidence from Within-Firm Responses

China’s Five-Year Plans (industrial policies targeting specific industries) displace US production/employment and heighten plant closures in the same industries. The shocks were not anticipated by the U.S. stock market, but firms in the treated industries suffer valuation loss afterwards. Firms adjust by shifting production to upstream or downstream industries benefiting from the boost, or offshoring to government-endorsed industries in China. Such within-firm adjustments offset the negative shocks among firms with pre-existing toeholds in the “beneficiary” industries or production overseas, suggesting a novel role of diversification. Financial access and labor fluidity are instrumental for firms to withstand global economic shocks.


Session Chair: Bernard YEUNG
Emeritus Professor, National University of Singapore and Emeritus President, ABFER

9:00 am
How Do Firms Withstand a Global Economic Shock: Evidence from Within-Firm Responses

Vyacheslav (Slava) FOS, Professor, Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellow, Carroll School of Management, Boston College

Xiao CEN, Assistant Professor, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University
Wei JIANG, Vice Dean for Faculty and Research and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Finance, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
9:25 am
Kai LI, Associate Professor, HSBC Business School, Peking University
9:50 am
10:10 am

Updated 10 Oct 2023

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