Corn-ethanol plant investment: A real options case study

William G. Secor, Michael A. Boland

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The objective of this article is to describe an investment decision using net present value and real options. A case study describes the data and the corn-ethanol industry so students can study a cooperative's decision of whether or not to invest in a new corn-ethanol plant in 2015 Nebraska. An extensive set of information accompanies this case, including spreadsheets with data, computer software code, lesson plans for teaching real options and net present value, and an extensive teaching note.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)524-531
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2017

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  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural finance
  • Cooperatives
  • Corn
  • Ethanol
  • Net present value
  • Real options


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