Time-To-Build and Convex Adjustment Costs

Author/Editor:

Petya Koeva Brooks

Publication Date:

January 1, 2001

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Summary:

This paper incorporates time-to-build into the standard investment model with convex adjustment costs. The empirical Euler equation is estimated using a U.S. firm-level panel from Compustat. In spite of the introduction of time-to-build, the magnitude of the implied adjustment costs is unrealistically high. Exploiting another approach, I test directly the restrictions imposed by time-to-build on the investment equation. The results indicate that these restrictions cannot be rejected for five of the sixteen industries in the sample. Finally I show that time-to-build can explain approximately one-third of the variation in persistence of structure investment across four-digit industries.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/9

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451842593/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0092001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

23

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