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Oil Price Shocks, Firm Uncertainty and Investment


  • Lee, Kiseok
  • Kang, Wensheng
  • Ratti, Ronald A.


It is found that an oil price shock in interaction with a firm’s stock price volatility has a ‎negative effect on investment by that firm, both in the short and long-term. In the presence of ‎this interaction term, linear variables in oil price shocks are not statistically significant. There is ‎evidence that for the short-term effects of the interaction variable, the particular magnitude of an ‎oil price shock may not be as important as the fact that there is an oil price shock. For the long-‎term effects, however, the magnitude of the oil price shock does matter. Over a longer horizon, ‎oil price shocks depress investment more at firms facing greater uncertainty. An increase in firm ‎stock price volatility continues to reduce the link between sales growth and investment in the ‎presence of oil price shocks as in Bloom et al. (2007).‎

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  • Lee, Kiseok & Kang, Wensheng & Ratti, Ronald A., 2010. "Oil Price Shocks, Firm Uncertainty and Investment," MPRA Paper 49044, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:49044

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    1. H. Rajesh Acharya & C. Anver Sadath, 2016. "Energy Price Uncertainty and Investment: Firm Level Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Sector," International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Econjournals, vol. 6(3), pages 364-373.
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    Oil price shocks; firm uncertainty; stock price volatility; investment;

    JEL classification:

    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy


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