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Pursuing the Wrong Options? Adjustment Costs and the Relationship between Uncertainty and Capital Accumulation

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  • Bond, Stephen R.

    () (Nuffield College, Department of Economics and Centre for Business Taxation, University of Oxford, UK and Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Söderbom, Måns

    () (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Wu, Guiying

    () (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Abstract

bel and Eberly (1999) show that the effect of uncertainty on long run capital accumulation is ambiguous in a real options model with irreversible investment. We show that a higher level of uncertainty tends to reduce expected capital stock levels in a model with strictly convex adjustment costs. Simulations suggest that this negative impact of uncertainty on capital accumulation may be substantial. We also provide some intuition for this result.

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  • Bond, Stephen R. & Söderbom, Måns & Wu, Guiying, 2010. "Pursuing the Wrong Options? Adjustment Costs and the Relationship between Uncertainty and Capital Accumulation," Working Papers in Economics 449, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
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    1. Guiying Laura Wu, 2015. "Investment Frictions and the Aggregate Output Loss in China," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 77(3), pages 437-465, June.

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    Keywords

    Uncertainty; real options; adjustment costs; capital accumulation.;

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    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity

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