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Project Valuation Using Real Options by Chandra Papudesu, Prasad Kodukula

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INTRODUCTION

Thales, a famous Sophist philosopher circa 600 B.C., gazed into the star-studded sky one evening and predicted an outstanding olive harvest the next season. For a small up-front fee, he bought the right from the owners of the olive presses to rent them for the usual rate during the harvest season. If the harvest turned out to be meager, there would be less need for the presses and Thales would not rent them, losing the up-front fee. But if the harvest was bountiful, he would rent the presses at the regular agreed-upon price and turn around and rent them out to the farmers at a significant margin. Sure enough, it was an outstanding ...

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