The Effect of Uncertainty on Investment: Some Stylized Facts
AbstractThe theoretical relationship between investment and uncertainty is ambiguous. This paper briefly surveys the insights that theory has to offer and then runs a series of simple tests aimed at evaluating the empirical significance of various theoretical effects. The authors' results from a panel of U.S. manufacturing firms indicate a negative effect of uncertainty on investment consistent with theories of irreversible investment. They find no evidence for a positive effect via the channel of the convexity of the marginal product of capital and find no evidence for the presence of a CAPM-based effect of risk. Copyright 1996 by Ohio State University Press.
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Volume (Year): 28 (1996)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
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- John V. Leahy & Toni M. Whited, 1995. "The Effect of Uncertainty on Investment: Some Stylized Facts," NBER Working Papers 4986, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
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