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Capital and Uncertainty

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Capital and Uncertainty

The Capital Investment Process in a Market Economy

9781840642889 Edward Elgar Publishing
Ian Runge, Director, Capital Strategy Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia
Publication Date: 2000 ISBN: 978 1 84064 288 9 Extent: 224 pp
This book is an important addition to the emerging body of new work on capital. Its primary contribution is in analysing capital investment choice as a process. The understanding of this process requires some modification and significant extension to the standard neo-classical economic tools.

Capital and Uncertainty is a non-mathematical text, modernizing and adding to the existing thought in this area, with insights from game theory, rational choice under uncertainty and new institutional economics. Dr Runge also draws upon 25 years of business experience in setting out a thorough and immensely practical exposition of the risk/return trade-off and how major capital investment decisions are made within firms.

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This book is an important addition to the emerging body of new work on capital. Its primary contribution is in analysing capital investment choice as a process. The understanding of this process requires some modification and significant extension to the standard neo-classical economic tools.

Capital and Uncertainty is a non-mathematical text, modernizing and adding to the existing thought in this area, with insights from game theory, rational choice under uncertainty and new institutional economics. Dr Runge also draws upon 25 years of business experience in setting out a thorough and immensely practical exposition of the risk/return trade-off and how major capital investment decisions are made within firms.

Topics studied include:

• the nature of capital investment decisions
• entrepreneurship and the market order
• capital investment choice processes
• capital investment models
• capital decisions: choices between strategies

Economists, industrial organisation specialists, business academics and practitioners alike will all find this book of immense interest and use.
Contents
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Nature of Capital Investment Decisions 3. Choice, Risk and Uncertainty 4. Rational Choice 5. Entrepreneurship and the Market Order 6. Intertemporal Valuation 7. Choice under Uncertainty 8. Capital Investment Choice Process 9. Capital Investment Models 10. Model with Capital Heterogeneity 11. Capital Decisions: Choices between Strategies 12. Summary and Conclusions References Index

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