Title: Irreversible investment under uncertainty: the message in Leasing Expenditures

Authors: Konstantinos Drakos, Eleftherios Goulas

Addresses: Department of Economics, University of Patras, Rio University Campus, 26504, Patras, Greece. ' Department of Economics, University of Patras, Rio University Campus, 26504, Patras, Greece

Abstract: In the present study we initially take stock of the dispersed definitions and measurement methods of irreversibility by offering a bird|s eye view of the existing literature. Then we construct a closed-form model to investigate the impact of conditional uncertainty on investment spending under irreversibility by employing leasing penetration rates as an indirect indicator for the degree of irreversibility. Our results support the concept that the investment-uncertainty elasticity varies across leasing rates, and that the overall negative effect of uncertainty on investment decreases monotonically with the degree of reversibility.

Keywords: irreversible investment; irreversibility; leasing rates; investment uncertainty.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMEF.2008.021148

International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance, 2008 Vol.1 No.4, pp.412 - 426

Available online: 06 Nov 2008 *

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