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Input Choices under Price Uncertainty

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  • Ghosal, Vivek

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Theory shows that, depending on risk preferences and technological parameters, price uncertainty may alter firms' choice of capital intensity. This paper presents an empirical analysis of the effect of price uncertainty on firms' choices of capital and labor stocks. Empirical results from a cross-section of manufacturing industries, as well as within-industries over time, show that greater price uncertainty increases an industry's capital-labor ratio. It appears that risk aversion does not dominate firms' decision making. These empirical findings have implications for the analysis of factor demand and productivity, and capacity utilization rates. Copyright 1995 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 33 (1995)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 142-58

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:33:y:1995:i:1:p:142-58

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  1. Lensink, Robert & Murinde, Victor & Green, Christopher J., 1999. "Are Polish firms risk-averting or risk-loving? : evidence on demand uncertainty and the capital-labour ratio in a transition economy," Research Report 99E13, University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management).
  2. Riedl, Arno & van Winden, Frans, 2012. "Input versus output taxation in an experimental international economy," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 56(2), pages 216-232.
  3. Ghosal, Vivek, 1996. "Does uncertainty influence the number of firms in an industry?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 50(2), pages 229-236, February.
  4. Ghosal, Vivek & Loungani, Prakash, 1996. "Product Market Competition and the Impact of Price Uncertainty on Investment: Some Evidence from US Manufacturing Industries," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 44(2), pages 217-28, June.
  5. Arno Riedl & Frans van Winden, 0000. "An Experimental Investigation of Wage Taxation and Unemployment in Closed and Open Economies," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 00-112/1, Tinbergen Institute.
  6. Mark J. Koetse & Henri L.F. de Groot & Raymond J.G.M. Florax, 2006. "The Impact of Uncertainty on Investment: A Meta-Analysis," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 06-060/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  7. Lensink, Robert, 1999. "Uncertainty, financial development and economic growth: an empirical analysis," Research Report 99E37, University of Groningen, Research Institute SOM (Systems, Organisations and Management).
  8. Dijkstra, Geske & Hermes, Niels, 2001. "The Uncertainty of Debt Service Payments and Economic Growth of HIPCs: Is there a Case for Debt Relief?," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  9. Green, Christopher J. & Lensink, Robert & Murinde, Victor, 2001. "Demand uncertainty and the capital-labour ratio in Poland," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 2(2), pages 184-197, June.
  10. Lensink, Robert & Bo, Hong & Sterken, Elmer, 1999. "Does uncertainty affect economic growth? : an empirical analysis," CCSO Working Papers 199902, University of Groningen, CCSO Centre for Economic Research.
  11. Mark J. Koetse & Henri L.F. de Groot & Raymond J.G.M. Florax, 2006. "The Impact of Uncertainty on Investment: A Meta-Analysis," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 06-060/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  12. Arno Riedl & Frans van Winden, 2003. "Input versus Output Taxation in an Experimental International Economy," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 03-058/1, Tinbergen Institute.
  13. John Robst & Kimmarie McGOLDRICK, 1999. "The Measurement of Firm Information About Product Demand," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 149-163, September.

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