Alisa Spiegel (WUR) Stochastic-dynamic modelling of farm-level investments under uncertainty

Organised by Section Economics

Tue 10 March 2020 12:30 to 13:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Room C82
In the light of uncertainties, high initial costs, and temporal managerial flexibility, the real options approach has gained interest as a valuation tool for different types of natural resources management problems. Yet, neither real options valuation method excels under consideration of variability of resource endowments, returns-to-scale and predefined sizes of options. We fill the methodological gap by developing a method based on Monte Carlo simulation, scenario tree reduction, and stochastic programming that is advantageous for valuing real options where timing, scale and interactions among constraints and alternatives matter. The method advances in straightforward conversion of deterministic programming applications based on the classical net present value approach into a real options framework, and in introducing complexity into existing real options models. We illustrate the method with two case studies featuring investment options regarding the adoption, harvest, and conversion of perennial crops: (i) biomass energy production systems; and (ii) hazelnuts.
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