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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)

Abstract

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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  • Andrea GAMBA & Nicola FUSARI, 2008. "Valuing modularity as a real option," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 08-20, Swiss Finance Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp0820
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    Keywords

    Real options; Modularity; Least Squares Monte Carlo;

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    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance

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