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Competition and the Bad News Principle in a Real Options Framework

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  • Katsumasa Nishide

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    (Department of Economics, Yokohama National University)

  • Kyoko Yagi

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    (Department of Management Science and Engineering, Akita Prefectural University)

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We study the investment timing problem where two firms that compete for investment preemption know in advance the time at which the economic condition changes. We show that the so-called Bad News Principle applies to the leader firm’s investment decision near maturity in many cases. This result indicates that the option value to wait does have an impact even in a competitive situation, which is in contrast to the previous literature.

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Paper provided by Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research in its series KIER Working Papers with number 860.

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Keywords: Bad news principle; investment timing; competition; real options;

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