Research projects

Project CEMAPRE internal

TitleStochastic optimization and decisions under uncertainty
ParticipantsManuel Guerra (Principal Investigator), Cláudia N. Philippart, Carlos Miguel dos Santos Oliveira
SummaryThis project deals with the characterization of optimal strategies in the presence of uncertainty
modeled by stochastic processes. Two main problems are investigated: real options and portfolio
management in illiquid markets. We study several types of real options, including exit options,
suspension options, investment decisions and other decisions linked with productive capacity.
Different types of underlying stochastic processes are considered. Concerning illiquid markets, we
will focus on the study of the consequences of synchronized behaviour by a large number of investors
in the market. Such synchronization is often pointed as a cause for episodes of very high market
volatility and crashes in assets prices. These two types of problems will be combined in models that
consider the management of the portfolio under market illiquidity and the possibility of investment
in new projects at the best moment.