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Resuscitating Time-to-Build

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  • David O Lucca

    (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)

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A novel specification of the time-to-build (TTB) assumption is presented where firms invest in many projects that have complementarities, and the duration of the investment projects is uncertain. The model yields to a gradual (hump-shaped) response of investment to shocks, and it is shown to be equivalent, up to first-order linearization, to investment adjustment cost models where the cost of adjustment directly depends on the change in investment levels. The paper discusses how the new TTB specification is consistent with empirical features of investment decisions both at the aggregate and more disaggregated levels.

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  • David O Lucca, 2007. "Resuscitating Time-to-Build," 2007 Meeting Papers 909, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    1. Lawrence J. Christiano & Martin Eichenbaum & Robert Vigfusson, 2003. "What Happens After a Technology Shock?," NBER Working Papers 9819, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    3. Robert E. Lucas & Jr., 1967. "Adjustment Costs and the Theory of Supply," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 75, pages 321-321.
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    1. Charlotta Groth & Hashmat Khan, 2010. "Investment Adjustment Costs: An Empirical Assessment," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 42(8), pages 1469-1494, December.
    2. Rabah Arezki & Valerie A. Ramey & Liugang Sheng, 2017. "News Shocks in Open Economies: Evidence from Giant Oil Discoveries," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 132(1), pages 103-155.
    3. Eberly, Janice & Rebelo, Sergio & Vincent, Nicolas, 2012. "What explains the lagged-investment effect?," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(4), pages 370-380.

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