The Valuation of Forestry Resources Under Stochastic Prices & Inventories
Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis. 24(4) 473-487, Dec. 1989
Posted: 8 Jun 2013
Date Written: December 7, 1988
A contingent claims approach to capital budgeting may be preferable to traditional methods were uncertainty and managers' strategic reactions to changing conditions are important. As an example of such a case, we solve the classical problem of the duration of an investment in forestry resources (i.e., when to cut down the trees) in the general case of stochastic output prices and stochastic natural growth rate and timber inventories. A contingent claims approach is used to value the forestry resources as a function of: (1) stochastic prices and inventories, and (2) an asymmetric, optimal production policy that incorporates the option to halt timber production temporarily.
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