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Wait-and-See: Investment Options under Policy Uncertainty

  • Nancy L. Stokey
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    This paper develops a model of investment decisions in which uncertainty about a one-time change in tax policy induces the firm to temporarily stop investing--to adopt a wait-and-see policy. After the uncertainty is resolved, the firm exploits the tabled projects, generating a temporary investment boom.

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    Date of creation: Nov 2013
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    Publication status: published as Review of Economic Dynamics Available online 9 June 2015 In Press, Corrected Proof — Note to users Cover image Wait-and-see: Investment options under policy uncertainty Nancy L. Stokey1,
    Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:19630
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