Production Networks and War

45 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2022

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Vasily Korovkin

CERGE-EI

Alexey Makarin

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: November 22, 2021

Abstract

How do severe shocks such as war alter the economy? We study how a country's production network is affected by a devastating but localized conflict. Using unique transaction-level data on Ukrainian railway shipments, we uncover several novel indirect effects of conflict on firms. First, we document substantial propagation effects on interfirm trade --- trade declines even between partners outside the conflict areas if one of them had traded with those areas before the start of the war. The magnitude of such second-degree effect of conflict is one-third of the first-degree effect. Ignoring this propagation would lead to an underestimate of the total impact of conflict on trade by about 67%. Second, war induces sudden changes in the production-network structure that influence firm performance. Specifically, we find that firms that exogenously became more central --- after the conflict practically cut off certain regions from the rest of Ukraine --- received a relative boost to their revenues and profits. Finally, in a production-network model, we separately estimate the effects of the exogenous firm removal and the subsequent endogenous network adjustment on firm revenue distribution. At the median, network adjustment compensates for 80% of the network-destruction effect a year after the conflict onset.

Keywords: Conflict, Trade, Firms, Firm Linkages, Production Networks

JEL Classification: D22, D74, F14, F51, H56

Suggested Citation

Korovkin, Vasily and Makarin, Alexey, Production Networks and War (November 22, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3969161 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3969161

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Alexey Makarin (Contact Author)

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

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Italy

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
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