Cash Flow Immediacy and the Value of Investment Timing
Posted: 22 Jun 2003
In a model with stochastic interest rates, irreversible investment, and two investment dates, the value of investment delay has two components: the expected gain from committing now to investment at a future date and the potential gain from the ability to reverse this commitment. Holding net present value constant, we show that the values of both these components are increasing in the proportion of project cash-flows that accrue in the more distant future. Our results emphasize the importance of the interaction between cash-flow immediacy and interest rate uncertainty for the optimal investment policy.
JEL Classification: G31
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