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Can real option values explain apparent storage at a loss?

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  • Hyun Seok Kim
  • B. Wade Brorsen

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Since decisions to sell grain are irreversible, waiting to sell grain can have a real option value. This real option value may explain why producers appear to store too long. A new seasonal mean reversion model is estimated that allows prices to be a random walk with drift within a season, but mean reverting across crop years. Unless prices are extremely low, selling before mean reversion begins is optimal. Thus, the real option value of waiting does not explain why some producers seem to store at a loss in the latter part of crop years.

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  • Hyun Seok Kim & B. Wade Brorsen, 2012. "Can real option values explain apparent storage at a loss?," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(16), pages 2081-2090, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:44:y:2012:i:16:p:2081-2090
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2011.558483
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