The Effect of Cash Injections: Evidence from the 1980s Farm Debt Crisis

Nittai Bergman, Rajkamal Iyer, Richard Thakor

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Abstract

What is the effect of cash injections during financial crises? Exploiting county-level variation arising from random weather shocks during the 1980s Farm Debt Crisis, we analyze and measure the effect of local cash flow shocks on the real and financial sector. We show that such cash flow shocks have significant impact on a host of economic outcomes, including land values, loan delinquency rates, and the probability of bank failure. Further, we measure how cash injections affect local labor markets, analyzing the impact on employment and wages both within and outside of the sector receiving a positive cash flow shock. Estimates of the effect of local cash flow shocks on county income levels during the financial crisis yield a multiplier of 1.63.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalReview of Financial Studies
Volume33
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Financial Crises
  • Financial Accelerator
  • Cash-in-the-Market Pricing
  • Fiscal Multiplier

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