Robert S. Pindyck

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My thanks to Prabhat Mehta for his research assistance, and to Ben Bernanke, Vittorio Corbo, Nalin Kulatilaka, Robert McDonald, Louis Serven, Andreas Solimano, and two anonymous referees for helpful comments and suggestions. Financial support was provided by MIT's Center for Energy Policy Research, by the World Bank, and by the National Science Foundation(More)
I study irreversible investment decisions when projects take time to complete, and are subject to two types of uncertainty over the cost of completion. The first is technical uncertainty, i.e., uncertainty over the amount of time, effort, and materials that will ultimately be required to complete the project, and that is only resolved as the investment(More)
This paper proposes an analytically tractable dynamic model of corporate investment and risk management for a financially constrained firm. Following Froot, Scharfstein, and Stein (1993), we define a corporation’s risk management as the coordination of investment and financing decisions. In our model, corporate risk management is a combination of internal(More)
The standard framework in which economists evaluate environmental policies is cost-benefit analysis, so policy debates usually focus on the expected flows of costs and benefits, or on the choice of discount rate. But this can be misleading when there is uncertainty over future outcomes, when there are irreversibilities, and when policy adoption can be(More)
We examine the role of consumption externalities in the demand for pharmaceuticals at both the brand level and over a therapeutic class of drugs. Externalities emerge when use of a drug by others affects its value, and/or conveys information about efficacy and safety to patients and physicians. This can affect the rate of market diffusion for a new entrant,(More)
Very little. A plethora of integrated assessment models (IAMs) have been constructed and used to estimate the social cost of carbon (SCC) and evaluate alternative abatement policies. These models have crucial flaws that make them close to useless as tools for policy analysis: certain inputs (e.g. the discount rate) are arbitrary, but have huge effects on(More)
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