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Webinar: Corrado Di Guilmi

May 10 @ 14:00 - 15:00

On-site and online seminar: Friday, 10th May 2024 from 2.00 – 3.00 PM

Title: Does the supply network shape the firm size distribution? The Japanese case

Speaker: Corrado Di Guilmi (University of Florence)

Location: Aula 205 (ex 32) – Viale Morgagni 59

Please register here to participate online : link


The paper presents an investigation on how the upward transmission of demand shocks in the Japanese supply network influences the growth rates of firms and, consequently, shapes their size distribution. Through an empirical analysis, analytical decomposition of the growth rates’ volatility, and numerical simulations, we obtain several original results. We find that the Japanese supply network has a bow-tie structure in which firms located in the upstream layers display a larger volatility in their growth rates. As a result, the Gibrat’s law breaks down for upstream firms whereas downstream firms are more likely to be located in the power law tail of the size distribution. This pattern is determined by the amplification of demand shocks hitting downstream firms, and the magnitude of this amplification depends on the network structure and on the relative market power of downstream firms. Finally, we observe that in an almost complete network, in which there are no upstream or downstream firms, the power-law tail in firm size distribution disappears. An important implication of our results is that aggregate demand shocks can affect the economy both directly, through the reduction in output for downstream firms, and also indirectly by shaping the firm size distribution.


Corrado Di Guilmi is Associate Professor at the University of Florence. He is co-director of the program in Behavioral Macroeconomics and Complexity at the Centre of Applied Macroeconomic Analysis at the Australian National University and Research Fellow at the Center for Computational Social Science, Kobe University.
His research mainly focuses on computational, labor, and financial macroeconomics.



May 10
14:00 - 15:00
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