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Uncertainty and Tobin’s Q in a Monopolistic Competition Framework

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  • LICANDRO Omar

    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN)

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This paper combines the adjustment costs hypothesis of Tobin’s q models with Malinvaud’s proposition that, irreversibility and uncertainty matter in explaining investment. Demand uncertainty and irreversibility allow for excess capacity and lead firms to look at the expected excess capacity in deciding about investment. Marginal q is shown to be smaller than average q, the difference being explained by the degree of capacity utilization (DUC).

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  • LICANDRO Omar, 1990. "Uncertainty and Tobin’s Q in a Monopolistic Competition Framework," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 1990003, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).
  • Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvir:1990003
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    1. Rama, Martin, 1990. "Empirical investment equations in developing countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 563, The World Bank.

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    uncertainty; competition; demand; investment policy;

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