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On the investment–uncertainty relationship: A game theoretic real option approach

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  • Lukas, Elmar
  • Welling, Andreas
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    This paper examines the effect of uncertainty on investment timing in a game theoretic real option model. We extend the settings of the related recent literature on investment timing under uncertainty by a more general assumption, i.e. the investment is also influenced by the actions of a second player. The results show that a U-shaped investment–uncertainty relationship generally sustains even for infinite-lived investment projects and proper defined cash flows. However, timing of an investment occurs inefficiently late. Moreover, we show that the influence of uncertainty on the associated first-mover advantage becomes ambiguous, too.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Finance Research Letters.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 25-35

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:11:y:2014:i:1:p:25-35

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    Keywords: Real option; Investment; Uncertainty; Managerial flexibility; Game theory;

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