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The Investment Project Pipeline Cost Escalation, Lead-Time, Success, Failure And Speed1

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  • Kenneth W Clements

    (UWA Business School, The University of Western Australia)

  • Jiawei Si

    (UWA Business School, The University of Western Australia)

As they involve expectations about the future and long lead times for planning and construction, the evolution of investment projects is usually complex and volatile. This paper analyses an important aspect of this volatility by studying the nature of the investment process, from the initial bright idea to the final construction and operational phase of a project. We refer to this process as the “project pipeline”. Using a rich source of information on recent Australian resource development projects, an index-number approach is employed to measure the escalation of costs of projects in the pipeline and the time spent there (the lead time). The determinants of the probability of ultimate success of projects is analysed with a binary choice model. Finally, a Markov chain approach is used to model the transitions of projects from one stage in the pipeline to the next, and to examine the implications of regulatory reform that has the effect of speeding up the flow of projects.

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Paper provided by The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics in its series Economics Discussion / Working Papers with number 10-25.

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Length: 67 pages
Date of creation: 2010
Handle: RePEc:uwa:wpaper:10-25
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  1. Zellner, A. & Hong, C. & Gulati, G.M., 1988. "Turning Points In Economic Time Series, Loss Structures And Bayesian Forecasting," Papers m8805, Southern California - Department of Economics.
  2. Thomas Mayer, 1959. "Plant and Equiptment Lead Times," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 33, pages 127-127.
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