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The optimal behaviour of firms facing stochastic costs

  • Francesco Menoncin
  • Rosella Nicolini

This paper aims at assessing the optimal behavior of a firm facing stochastic costs of production. In an imperfectly competitive setting, we evaluate to what extent a firm may decide to locate part of its production in other markets different from that which it is actually settled. This decision is taken in a stochastic environment. Portfolio theory is used to derive the optimal solution for the intertemporal profit maximization problem. In such a framework, splitting production between different locations may be optimal when a firm is able to charge different prices in the different local markets.

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Paper provided by University of Brescia, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number ubs0501.

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Date of creation: 2005
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