Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration




Crawley, Micheal

Committee Member/Reader

Thomas, JaLynn


This study investigates the firm-level consequences to capital expenditure levels from the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). It theorized that favorable tax provisions in the TCJA would cause firms to increase their levels of capital expenditures. To test this hypothesis, the study analyzed the capital expenditure levels of public firms from 1986-2019 controlling for factors such as national gross domestic product (GDP) growth and used a dummy variable of reporting periods after 2018 to represent the effects of the TCJA. In contrast to the original hypothesis, the results demonstrate that the TCJA had a statistically significant small negative effect on the level of capital expenditures after 2018 independent of other macroeconomic, industry, and firm-level factors.


Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, TCJA, Capital Expenditures Growth from TCJA, Model for CAPEX, Economic growth from TCJA, Capital Expenditures, Factors that determine CAPEX