Real options analysis - PetroWiki

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In the last quarter-century, financial options such as "calls" and "puts" on publicly traded stocks have become an integral part of managing stock portfolios. The seminal work on financial options was done by Black and Scholes,[1] published in 1973, and Merton,[2] also published in 1973. Merton and Scholes shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in economics for their work. Black, Scholes, and Merton all worked on attempting to determine the value of an option. In recent years, the concepts of valuing options have been expanded from financial options to what are called "real" options in project evaluation.