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Discovering the Link Between Uncertainty and Investment - Microeconometric Evidence from Germany

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  • Hjalmar Boehm

    (Universitaet Hamburg)

  • Michael Funke

    (Universitaet Hamburg)

  • Nikolaus A. Siegfried

    (Universitaet Hamburg)

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We analyse empirically the effect of uncertainty on the investment decisions of a sample of quoted German firms. The uncertainty measures are constructed by employing two procedures: the conventional formula of standard deviation, and the GARCH methodology. We find that uncertainty exerts a significantly negative effect on investment, i.e. uncertainty slows down capital accumulation. We also find that this negative relationship is closely related to the degree of market power of the firm.

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  • Hjalmar Boehm & Michael Funke & Nikolaus A. Siegfried, 2000. "Discovering the Link Between Uncertainty and Investment - Microeconometric Evidence from Germany," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 0112, Econometric Society.
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