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The Value of Adaptability


  • Katsuya Takii

    (Osaka School of International Public Policy)


This paper examines a firm's ability to respond correctly to an unexpected change in the environment (i.e., its adaptability). We develop a model that allows for empirical examination of the impact of a firm's adaptability on its expected profits. The theory shows that a firm's adaptability can be estimated by the squared correlation between an unexpected change and the firm's reaction. The estimates show that adaptability has a large positive impact on the average profit rate and the market value of a firm. We also find that an increase in risk is correlated with a rise in adaptability.

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  • Katsuya Takii, 2004. "The Value of Adaptability," Industrial Organization 0406004, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0406004
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    1. Takii, Katsuya, 2008. "Fiscal policy and entrepreneurship," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 65(3-4), pages 592-608, March.
    2. Katsuya Takii, 2009. "Entrepreneurial competition and its impact on the aggregate economy," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 97(1), pages 1-18, May.
    3. Katsuya Takii, 2004. "Entrepreneurial Efficiency: An Empirical Framework and Evidence," Macroeconomics 0411006, EconWPA.

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    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D89 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Other
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production

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