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The Present Value of Profits and Cyclical Movements in Investment

Andrew B. Abel, Olivier J. Blanchard

NBER Working Paper No. 1122 (Also Reprint No. r0909)
Issued in May 1983
NBER Program(s):   EFG

Most of the empirical work on investment is based on the existence of a relation between investment and the expected present val of marginal profits.Thus, in this paper we compute such a present value series, under various assumptions about demand and technology and examine its relation to investment.We find that variations in this present value series are, surprisingly,due more to variations in the cost of capital than to variations in marginal profit. We also find that the present value series, although significantly related to investment, still leaves unexplained a large, serially correlated fraction of investment.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w1122

Published: Abel, Andrew B. and Olivier J. Blanchard. "The Expected Present Discounted Value of Profits and the Cyclical Variability of Investment," Econometrica, Vol. 54, No. 2, pp. 249-272, March 1986. citation courtesy of

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