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The Uncertainty-Investment Relationship

  • Hjalmar Böhm

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  • Michael Funke

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Recent theoretical developments have highlighted the importance of irreversibility and uncertainty for investment demand. This paper presents a review of this literature with some new aspects. A structural q-type investment model is derived, which contains the information on the uncertainty effects of random variables that affect future profitability of firms. A general conclusion is that the effect of uncertainty upon investment and uncertainty is ambiguous. A necessary condition for any irreversibility-driven negative relationship between investment and uncertainty is the existence of imperfect competition.

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Paper provided by Hamburg University, Department of Economics in its series Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers with number 19903.

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Date of creation: Apr 1999
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Handle: RePEc:ham:qmwops:19903
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