Uncertainty-Induced Reallocations and Growth

62 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2019

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Ravi Bansal

Duke University

Mariano (Max) Massimiliano Croce

Finance Department, Bocconi University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Wenxi Kiao

Duke University

Samuel Rosen

Temple University, Fox School of Business

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Date Written: August 2019

Abstract

Focusing on both micro and aggregate U.S. data, we show the existence of a significant link between aggregate uncertainty and reallocation of resources away from R&D-intensive capital. This link is important because a decrease in the aggregate share of R&D-oriented capital forecasts lower medium-term growth. In a multi-sector production economy in which (i) growth is endogenously supported by risky R&D investments, and (ii) the representative agent is volatility-risk averse and has access to other safer technologies that do not support growth, uncertainty shocks have a first-order negative impact on medium-term growth and welfare.

Keywords: growth, reallocation, Uncertainty shocks

JEL Classification: E3, E6, G18

Suggested Citation

Bansal, Ravi and Croce, Mariano Massimiliano and Kiao, Wenxi and Rosen, Samuel, Uncertainty-Induced Reallocations and Growth (August 2019). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13964. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3464490

Ravi Bansal (Contact Author)

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Mariano Massimiliano Croce

Finance Department, Bocconi University ( email )

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Wenxi Kiao

Duke University ( email )

Samuel Rosen

Temple University, Fox School of Business ( email )

Fox School of Business and Management
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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