This paper investigates the effect of uncertainty on the investment decisions of petroleum refineries in the U.S. We construct uncertainty measures from the commodity futures market and use data on actual capacity changes to measure investment episodes. Since capacity changes in U.S. refineries occur infrequently, we empirically model the investment process using hazard models. An increase in uncertainty decreases the probability that a refinery might adjust its capacity. The results are robust to various investment thresholds. Our findings lend support to theories that emphasize the role of irreversibility in investment decisions.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Journal of Industrial Economics|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2010|
- CAPITAL ADJUSTMENT
- FUTURES PRICES
- DURATION DATA