IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Climate Change, Demand Uncertainty, and Firms' Investments: Evidence from Planned Power Plants


  • Lin, Chen

    (U of Hong Kong)

  • Schmid, Thomas

    (U of Hong Kong)

  • Weisbach, Michael S.

    (Ohio State U and ECGI)


How does demand uncertainty affect firms' investment decisions? We consider this issue from the perspective of electricity-producing firms and their planned investments in new power plants. Using plausibly exogenous variations in temperature predictions across scientific climate models to measure uncertainty about future electricity demand, we find that uncertainty increases investments in plants with flexible production technologies but depresses non-flexible investments. The net effect of uncertainty on investments is positive if firms have access to flexible investment opportunities. These results are consistent with models in which the impact of uncertainty on investments depends on the investments' production flexibility.

Suggested Citation

  • Lin, Chen & Schmid, Thomas & Weisbach, Michael S., 2023. "Climate Change, Demand Uncertainty, and Firms' Investments: Evidence from Planned Power Plants," Working Paper Series 2023-23, Ohio State University, Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:ohidic:2023-23

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    More about this item

    JEL classification:

    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ecl:ohidic:2023-23. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no bibliographic references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: the person in charge (email available below). General contact details of provider: .

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service. RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.