Veranstaltung
20
May 2019

14:15 - 15:45
IWH Research Seminar

Credit Supply and Human Capital: Evidence from Bank Pension Liabilities

We identify the effects of exogenous credit constraints on firm ability to attract and retain skilled workers. To do so, we exploit a shock to the value of the pension obligations of Portuguese banks resulting from a change in accounting norms.

Who
Claire Celerier  (University of Toronto)
Where
conference room
Claire Celerier

Personal details

Claire Célérier is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Rotman. Before joining Rotman, Claire was an Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich. Claire's research interests include household finance, financial innovation, and banking. Her work has been published in refereed academic journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has raised the interest of several central banks and regulators around the world, such as the European Central Bank and the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

We identify the effects of exogenous credit constraints on firm ability to attract and retain skilled workers. To do so, we exploit a shock to the value of the pension obligations of Portuguese banks resulting from a change in accounting norms. Using bank-firm credit exposures that we match with a census of all Portuguese employees, we show that firms in a relationship with affected banks borrow less and reduce employment mostly of high-skilled workers. High-skilled workers are more likely to exit and less likely to join affected firms. Overall, credit market frictions might have long lasting effects on firm productivity and growth through firm accumulation of human capital.

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