The optimal behaviour of firms facing stochastic costs
AbstractThis 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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Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Firm behaviour; portfolio theory; risk aversion; uncertainity;
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- Rosella Nicolini & Francesco Menoncin, 2005. "The optimal behaviour of firms facing stochastic costs," UFAE and IAE Working Papers 640.05, Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC).
- Francesco Menoncin & Rosella Nicolini, 2005. "The optimal behaviour of firms facing stochastic costs," Working Papers ubs0501, University of Brescia, Department of Economics.
- C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
- D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
- D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
- G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
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