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Wait-and-See: Investment Options under Policy Uncertainty

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    This paper develops a model of investment decisions in which uncertainty about a one-time change in tax policy induces the firm to temporarily stop investing—to adopt a wait-and-see policy. After the uncertainty is resolved, the firm exploits the tabled projects, generating a temporary investment boom.

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    Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 19630.

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