Short-run policy commitment when investment timing is endogenour: "More harm than Good?"
Dewit, Gerda and Leahy, Dermot (2004) Short-run policy commitment when investment timing is endogenour: "More harm than Good?". National University of Ireland Maynooth.
We introduce endogenous leadership in a game between government and firms, in which the government has short-run commitment power only and firms choose when to invest. We show that firms that delay investment in the absence of government intervention have an incentive to invest early and strategically under policy activism. Then, even though a policy scheme succeeds in correcting an existing distortion targeted by the government. it can create a new and potentially more harmful one. We investigate when the government may do better by adhering to laissez-faire than by engaging in active policy intervention.
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