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Irreversibility and Interest Rates


  • Giuseppe Travaglini

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy)


The literature on irreversible investment fails to explore the relationship between the present value of alternative strategies and appropriate risk-adjusted interest rates. We attempt to fill this gap by showing that, to avoid arbitrage opportunities, the real option¡¦s rate must be higher than the rate of the immediate strategy. Further, we explain how irreversibility influences the risk-return combination of competing strategies acting as a pure risk factor.

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  • Giuseppe Travaglini, 2006. "Irreversibility and Interest Rates," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 5(2), pages 173-183, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijb:journl:v:5:y:2006:i:2:p:173-183

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    1. Avinash Dixit, 1992. "Investment and Hysteresis," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 6(1), pages 107-132, Winter.
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    irreversibility; real option; risk-adjusted rate;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity


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