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Uncertainty, Investment, and Industry Evolution

Ricardo J. Caballero, Robert S. Pindyck

NBER Working Paper No. 4160 (Also Reprint No. r2075)
Issued in September 1992
NBER Program(s):   EFG

We study the effects of aggregate and idiosyncratic uncertainty on the entry of firms, total investment, and prices in a competitive industry with irreversible investment. We first use standard dynamic programming methods to determine firms' entry decisions, and we describe the resulting industry equilibrium and its characteristics, emphasizing the effects of different sources of uncertainty. We then show how the conditional distribution of prices can be used as an alternative means of determining and understanding the behavior of firms and the resulting industry equilibrium. Finally, we use four-digit U.S. manufacturing data to examine some implications of the model.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4160

Published: International Economic Review, August 1996, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 641-662. citation courtesy of

 
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