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Irreversible Investment in Alternative Projects

  • Décamps, Jean-Paul
  • Mariotti, Thomas
  • Villeneuve, Stéphane

We study the problem of a risk-neutral decision-maker who has to choose among two alternative investment projects of different scales under output price uncertainty. We provide parameter restrictions under which the optimal investment strategy is not a trigger strategy and the optimal investment region is dichotomous. Whenever the decision-maker has the opportunity to switch from the smaller scale to the larger scale project, the dichotomy of the investment region can persist even when the volatility of the output price process becomes large. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2006

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Paper provided by Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse in its series IDEI Working Papers with number 193.

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Date of creation: Jun 2003
Date of revision: Jul 2004
Publication status: Published in Economic Theory, vol.�28, n°2, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, juin 2006, p.�425-448.
Handle: RePEc:ide:wpaper:619
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