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Valuing modularity as a real option

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  • Andrea GAMBA

    (Departement of Economics, University of Verona)

  • Nicola FUSARI

    (University of Lugano and Swiss Finance Institute)

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We provide a general valuation approach for capital budgeting decisions involving the modularization of a system. Within the framework developed by Baldwin and Clark (2000), we implement an approach using a numerical procedure based on the Least Squares Monte Carlo method proposed by Longstaff and Schwartz (2001). The approach is accurate, general and flexible.

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Paper provided by Swiss Finance Institute in its series Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series with number 08-20.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp0820

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Keywords: Real options; Modularity; Least Squares Monte Carlo;

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  1. Rainer Andergassen & Luigi Sereno, 2012. "Valuation of N-stage Investments Under Jump-Diffusion Processes," Computational Economics, Society for Computational Economics, vol. 39(3), pages 289-313, March.
  2. Daniel Gull, 2011. "Valuation of Discount Options in Software License Agreements," Business & Information Systems Engineering, Springer, vol. 3(4), pages 221-230, August.
  3. Alexander Brauneis & Michael Loretz & Roland Mestel & Stefan Palan, 2011. "Inducing Low-Carbon Investment in the Electric Power Industry through a Price Floor for Emissions Trading," Working Papers 2011.74, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
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