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Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan: Covid-19 and SME Failures

Online

30 Nov qcgbf-virtual-seminar-series Part of Qatar Centre for Global Banking & Finance Virtual Seminar Series
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Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan (University of Maryland) presents 'Covid-19 and Emerging Markets: An Epidemiological Model with International Production Networks and Capital Flows' with Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Veronika Penciakova and Nick Sander.

We estimate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on business failures among small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in seventeen countries using a large representative firm-level database. We use a simple model of firm cost-minimization and measure each firm’s liquidity shortfall during and after COVID-19. Our framework allows for a rich combination of sectoral and aggregate supply, productivity, and demand shocks. We estimate a large increase in the failure rate of SMEs under COVID-19 of nearly 9 percentage points, absent government support.

Accommodation & Food Services, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Education, and Other Services are among the most affected sectors. The jobs at risk due to COVID-19 related SME business failures represent 3.1 percent of private sector employment. Despite the large impact on business failures and employment, we estimate only moderate effects on the financial sector: the share of Non Performing Loans on bank balance sheets would increase by up to 11 percentage points, representing 0.3 percent of banks’ assets and resulting in a 0.75 percentage point decline in the common equity Tier-1 capital ratio.

We evaluate the cost and effectiveness of various policy interventions. The fiscal cost of an intervention that narrowly targets at risk firms can be modest (0.54% of GDP). However, at a similar level of effectiveness, non-targeted subsidies can be substantially more expensive (1.82% of GDP). Our results have important implications for the severity of the COVID-19 recession, the design of policies, and the speed of the recovery.

At this event

David Aikman

David Aikman

Director of the Qatar Centre for Global Banking & Finance

Francesca Monti

Francesca Monti

Deputy Director of the Qatar Centre for Global Banking & Finance


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