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Cross-Sectoral Variation In Firm-Level Idiosyncratic Risk

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In this paper, the authors use data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Longitudinal Research Database in order to assess the extent of the cross-sectoral variation in firm-level idiosyncratic risk and shed light on its determinants. They find that firms producing investment goods exhibit greater volatility in sales and TFP growth than firms producing consumption goods. Their data suggests that this may be the case because winner-takes-all competition is more common for the former than for the latter.

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