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Twice constrained investment under uncertainty: A mixed time model

  • McGee, M. Kevin
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    This paper explores the investment decision of a firm facing both an irreversibility constraint and a financial constraint on investment. I show that, for all but the fastest growing firms, the planned investment delaying impact of an irreversibility constraint dominates the planned investment accelerating impact of a financing constraint. This result is especially likely to hold in a reality where firms have a variety of strategies not modeled here, from holding cash reserves to taking on debt, that can mitigate the financing constraint.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research in Economics.

    Volume (Year): 64 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 110-120

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:reecon:v:64:y:2010:i:2:p:110-120
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