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Ranking investment projects

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  • James E. Foster
  • Tapan Mitra

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This paper describes conditions under which one investment project dominates a second project in terms of net present value, irrespective of the choice of the discount rate. The resulting partial ordering of projects has certain similarities to stochastic dominance. However, the structure of the net present value function leads to characterizations that are quite specific to this context. Our theorems use Bernstein's (1915) innovative results on the representation and approximation of polynomials, as well as other general results from the theory of equations, to characterize the partial ordering. We also show how the ranking is altered when the range of discount rates is limited or the rate varies period by period. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

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  • James E. Foster & Tapan Mitra, 2003. "Ranking investment projects," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 22(3), pages 469-494, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:22:y:2003:i:3:p:469-494
    DOI: 10.1007/s00199-002-0339-y
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    1. Murat Sertel & Arkadii Slinko, 2007. "Ranking committees, income streams or multisets," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 30(2), pages 265-287, February.
    2. John Quah & Bruno Strulovici, 2011. "Discounting, Patience, and Dynamic Decision Making," Economics Series Working Papers 555, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    3. Bastianello, Lorenzo & Chateauneuf, Alain, 2016. "About delay aversion," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 62-77.
    4. repec:eee:ejores:v:268:y:2018:i:1:p:361-372 is not listed on IDEAS

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    JEL Classification Numbers: D92; G31; H043; O22.; Keywords and Phrases: Investment projects; Present value; Stochastic dominance; Polynomials; Rate of return over cost; Time dominance.;

    JEL classification:

    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
    • O22 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Project Analysis

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