Investment and uncertainty with time to build: Evidence from entry into U.S. copper mining
Vadim Marmer () and
Margaret Slade ()
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2018, vol. 95, issue C, 233-254
The standard real-options model predicts that increased uncertainty discourages investment. When projects are large and take time to build, however, that prediction can be reversed. We investigate the investment/uncertainty relationship empirically using historical data on opening dates of new U.S. copper mines – large, irreversible projects with substantial construction lags. Both the timing of the decision to go forward and the price thresholds that trigger that decision are assessed. In particular, we build upon a reduced form analysis to construct a structural model of entry. We find that, in this market, greater uncertainty encourages investment and lowers the price thresholds for many mines.
Keywords: Investment; Entry; Uncertainty; Real options; Copper mining; Structural estimation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G11 L72 Q39 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Investment and Uncertainty With Time to Build: Evidence from U.S. Copper Mining (2016)
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