This paper provides the first empirical attempt of linking firms’ profits and investment in R&D revisiting Knight’s (Risk, uncertainty and profit,Hart, Schaffner & Marx, Boston,1921) distinction between uncertainty and risk. Along with the risky profit-maximising scenario, identifying a second, off-setting, unpredictable bias that leads to heterogeneous returns to R&D investments is crucial to fully understand the drivers of corporate profits. Consistently with the Knightian theory that relates risk to profitability, we model the impact of risk and uncertainty on profits and provide a first empirical attempt to model the effect of ambiguity, a particular type of uncertainty,on R&D returns.

Amoroso, S., Moncada-Paternò-Castello, P., Vezzani, A. (2016). R&D profitability: the role of risk and Knightian uncertainty. SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMICS, 48(2), 331-343 [10.1007/s11187-016-9776-z].

R&D profitability: the role of risk and Knightian uncertainty

Vezzani, Antonio
2016-01-01

Abstract

This paper provides the first empirical attempt of linking firms’ profits and investment in R&D revisiting Knight’s (Risk, uncertainty and profit,Hart, Schaffner & Marx, Boston,1921) distinction between uncertainty and risk. Along with the risky profit-maximising scenario, identifying a second, off-setting, unpredictable bias that leads to heterogeneous returns to R&D investments is crucial to fully understand the drivers of corporate profits. Consistently with the Knightian theory that relates risk to profitability, we model the impact of risk and uncertainty on profits and provide a first empirical attempt to model the effect of ambiguity, a particular type of uncertainty,on R&D returns.
Amoroso, S., Moncada-Paternò-Castello, P., Vezzani, A. (2016). R&D profitability: the role of risk and Knightian uncertainty. SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMICS, 48(2), 331-343 [10.1007/s11187-016-9776-z].
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