شرکت ها در رکود اقتصادی بزرگ جهانی: نقش مالکیت خارجی و وابستگی مالی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|14603||2010||17 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||9584 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Emerging Markets Review, Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2010, Pages 341–357
This paper investigates the channels through which the global crisis of 2008–2009 spread to economic activity of an emerging, fast growing economy with sound macroeconomic fundamentals. On the basis of Polish firm-level data we find that a number of individual firm characteristics account for a heterogeneous response. In particular, foreign ownership appears to have provided a higher degree of resilience to the crisis. Our results indicate that this effect might be due to intra-group lending mechanisms supporting affiliates facing external credit constraints.
While the 2007 subprime crisis originated in few developed countries, the ensuing global recession of 2008 quickly spread to most countries around the globe, revealing an extraordinary degree of interdependence and synchronisation in the world economy. Activity and trade fell abruptly and world-wide following the intensification of the financial turmoil in autumn 2008. World industrial production collapsed by 13% between its zenith recorded in April 2008 and its nadir of March 2009. The worldtrade contraction from peak-to-trough was even faster-paced and deeper: it lasted eight months and amounted to 25% (see Baldwin and Taglioni, 2009). These patterns were observed in nearly every country, even in countries with relatively solid economic fundamentals and whose financial markets had remained relatively unaffected by the financial crisis. In short, the recent downturn has been unparallelled since at least the Great Depression in terms of its suddenness, severity and cross-country synchronisation (Eichengreen and O'Rourke, 2009). Considerable research efforts are being devoted by economists worldwide to fully understand the causes and mechanics of the crisis. Over a thousand new working papers have been posted on the SSRN website since 2008 containing the terms “2008 crisis” or “global crisis” in their title, abstract or keywords. This rich literature in the making is slowly reaching a consensus on the key features and stylised facts characterising the harsh response of economic activity and trade to the recent crisis. First, the deterioration in global demand appears to have been sharper and more profound than during any other recession recorded after the Second World War. Second, the downturn has been accompanied by a general climate of extremely high uncertainty and exceptionally low business confidence. Third, the pace of financial markets tightening and asset prices collapse was faster than ever in post-war times. Finally, the rapid growth of internationally fragmented vertical production chains observed in recent decades is unanimously considered to be the main culprit for the synchronisation of the crisis' impact across countries. Our paper contributes to the strand of this research which investigates how the financial troubles in few industrialised countries led to an economic and trade crisis that affected firms worldwide and, especially, in countries whose financial markets were not directly affected by the “Subprime Crisis”. It does so by exploring the channels and extent of contagion to Polish firms. The interest in this dataset stems from the features of the Polish economy. It is an emerging, small open economy, highly dependent on global and regional production chains, whose growth was robust and based on strong economic fundamentals before the crisis. While Poland experienced a significant slowdown in economic activity as of the second half of 2008, it was the only country in the EU that managed to record positive GDP in 2009. Also, Polish banks did not overinvest in toxic assets and the domestic housing market did not collapse. Hence, there are reasons to treat the recent global financial crisis as a large but exogenous shock to the Polish economy and so its experience represents a model case for an empirical investigation of a global contagion. Our analysis first assesses how key balance sheet indicators, including sales, profits, indebtedness, investment, foreign trade, evolved during the time of the global crisis. Secondly, it examines if foreign ownership, and the associated involvement in global value chains, was a factor influencing firms' performance and, if so, through which channels. Finally, the identified channels are shown to be also important to explain differences across firms in the trade response to the crisis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first article addressing systematically the implications of the recent crisis for firms' balance sheets and drawing from it insights about their resilience to global shocks. We find that ownership status (foreign vs. domestic), size and sector of activity are important to understand the firm-level impact of the global crisis: while firms producing all manner of postponable goods and services have been disproportionately hit by the crisis, foreign owned and larger firms were better able to cope with the contraction of foreign demand and increased credit constraints. Our central result is that firms belonging to multinational groups were much more resilient to the crisis than their domestically owned counterparts. In this respect, access to external and intra-group financing emerges as a key factor supporting their sales, investment and trade activity. This finding is consistent with papers looking at earlier crisis episodes. For instance, Bernard et al. (2009) analyze US exports during the Asian crisis and find that the decline in US arm's length trade towards Asia was more than eight times greater than the drop of US–Asia trade undertaken within supply chains. By contrast, no difference between the two categories of exports was found vis-à-vis the rest of the world.1 Further evidence that foreign owned companies might respond better than other firms to a financial crisis comes from Desai et al. (2004), who investigate the response of US multinational affiliates and local firms to currency crises in emerging economies. During these episodes, sharp exchange rate depreciations tend to be followed by a credit crunch, hitting particularly those firms that borrow in foreign currency. The key finding of the paper is that, unlike local firms, foreign-owned companies can rely on internal capital markets when faced with external financial constraints and so are better able to use investment opportunities related to a weaker domestic currency. Similar conclusions are offered by Blalock et al. (2008). They find that, in response to devaluation following the 1997 Asian financial crisis in Indonesia, only foreign owned exporters managedto increase significantly their capital stock. By contrast, Alvarez and Görg (2007) fail to identify any significant effect of the ownership status on firm-level employment growth in Chile during the (relatively benign, compared to other emerging market crises) recession in the late 1990s. The paper is structured as follows. Section 2 provides a discussion of the causes of the crisis, summarising the findings to date from the literature and, based on this literature, it provides a rationale for our research strategy. 3 and 4 describe the dataset and present descriptive statistics on the performance of firms during the crisis. 5 and 6 report empirical results, showing that foreign ownership greatly mitigated the impact of the crisis on firms balance sheets, and investigate the sources of the different response of foreign vs. domestically owned firms. Section 7 focuses on the trade performance of foreign owned companies. Finally, Section 8 offers concluding remarks. The econometric methodology is presented in the Appendix of this paper, which also reports all other technical details.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This paper investigates the impact of the global crisis on Polish firms. Our key results are the following: the ownership (foreign vs. domestic), size and sector of activity are important to understand the impact of the global crisis on Polish firms. While producers of all manner of postponables have been disproportionately hit by the crisis, foreign owned and larger firms were better able to cope with the downturn. Foreign owned firms in particular were more easily able to overcome the contraction of foreign demand and increased credit constraints. Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that reliance on intra-group financing or securities issuing may have been a key factor in explaining the greater resilience of these firms. Our paper also addresses an issue highly debated, namely the role of value chain production during the crisis. Our data do not provide strong conclusions regarding this point, but the evidence gathered would suggest that this model of production might be better suited to respond to global exogenous shocks. Finally, we test directly foreign trade response of foreign owned firms. Also in this case foreign owned firms posted better results than the rest of the sample, in particular during the crisis.