Volume 14, Numbers 1 & 2 / March/June , Pages 1-151
Real Options Analysis and the Assumptions of Corporate Finance: A Non-Technical Review
Multinational Finance Journal, 2010, vol. 14, no. 1/2, pp. 29-71
Tom Arnold , University of Richmond, USA    Corresponding Author
Richard Shockley , Indiana University, USA

This paper provides a non-technical presentation of the theoretical foundations of corporate financial decision making and the net present value (NPV) rule. Our objective is to show that the concepts of value and value creation arise from a single, unified framework that is firmly rooted in neoclassical microeconomic theory. This, in turn, allow us to demonstrate that the corporate valuation approach generically known as real options analysis is perfectly justifiable – without further qualification – in any situation when investors want managers to maximize NPV.

Keywords : NPV; real options analysis; arbitrage; fundamental theorem of asset pricing
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