Discussion paper

DP10360 Capital and Labor Reallocation within Firms

We document how a shock to investment opportunities at one plant (?treated plant?) spills over to other plants within the same firm, but only if the firm is financially constrained. To provide the treated plant with resources, headquarters withdraws capital and labor from other plants, especially from plants that are relatively less productive, not part of the firm?s core industries, and located far away from headquarters. As a result of the resource reallocation, aggregate firm-wide productivity increases. We do not find any evidence of capital or labor spillovers among plants of financially unconstrained firms.


Mueller, H and X Giroud (2015), ‘DP10360 Capital and Labor Reallocation within Firms‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 10360. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp10360