DP15549 Spillover Effects in Empirical Corporate Finance
|Author(s):||Tobias Berg, Markus Reisinger, Daniel Streitz|
|Publication Date:||December 2020|
|Keyword(s):||credit supply, Direct vs. Indirect Effects, Spillovers|
|JEL(s):||C13, C21, G21, G32, M41, M42, R11, R23|
|Programme Areas:||Financial Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=15549|
Despite their importance, the discussion of spillover effects in empirical research often misses the rigor dedicated to endogeneity concerns. We analyze a broad set of workhorse models of firm interactions and show that spillovers naturally arise in many corporate finance settings. This has important implications for the estimation of treatment effects: i) even with random treatment, spillovers lead to a complicated bias, ii) fixed effects can exacerbate the spillover-induced bias. We propose simple diagnostic tools for empirical researchers and illustrate our guidance in an application.