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The optimal behaviour of firms facing stochastic costs

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  • Francesco Menoncin
  • Rosella Nicolini

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This paper aims at assessing the optimal behavior of a firm facing stochastic costs of production. In an imperfectly competitive setting, we evaluate to what extent a firm may decide to locate part of its production in other markets different from which it is actually settled. This decision is taken in a stochastic environment. Portfolio theory is used to derive the optimal solution for the intertemporal profit maximization problem. In such a framework, splitting production between different locations may be optimal when a firm is able to charge different prices in the different local markets.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 161.

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Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bge:wpaper:161

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Keywords: Firm behaviour; portfolio theory; risk aversion; uncertainity;

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  1. Roberto Casarin & Carmine Trecroci, 2006. "Business Cycle and Stock Market Volatility: A Particle Filter Approach," Working Papers ubs0603, University of Brescia, Department of Economics.

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