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The Economics of Business Valuation
Towards a Value Functional Approach
Patrick L. Anderson


440 pages.

Hardcover ISBN: 9780804758307
Ebook ISBN: 9780804783224

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For decades, the market, asset, and income approaches to business valuation have taken center stage in the assessment of the firm. This book brings to light an expanded valuation toolkit, consisting of nine well-defined valuation principles hailing from the fields of economics, finance, accounting, taxation, and management. It ultimately argues that the "value functional" approach to business valuation avoids most of the shortcomings of its competitors, and more correctly matches the actual motivations and information set held by stakeholders.

Much of what we know about corporate finance and mathematical finance derives from a narrow subset of firms: publicly traded corporations. The value functional approach can be readily applied to both large firms and companies that do not issue publicly traded stocks and bonds, cannot borrow without constraints, and often rely upon entrepreneurs to both finance and manage their operations. With historical side notes from an international set of sources and real-world exemplars that run throughout the text, this book is a future-facing resource for scholars in economics and finance, as well as the academically minded valuation practitioner.

About the author

Patrick L. Anderson founded Anderson Economic Group in 1996 and serves as a Principal and Chief Executive Officer in the company. His recent books include Applied Game Theory and Strategic Behavior and Business, Economics, and Finance with Matlab, GIS, and Simulation Models.

"This book clearly reviews the existing literature and shows the shortcomings of conceptual and practical methods that are used throughout the business and consulting world. It introduces fundamental changes that build up to an improved methodological approach and that significantly advance the 'science of valuation.'"

—Fernando Torres, Chief Economist, IPmetrics LLC

"This book belongs on the bookshelf of serious students of business valuation because it presents forward-looking concepts that will most likely become generally accepted business valuation practice as our profession continues to evolve. For those with a penchant for research, this book provides a cornucopia of future research topics in business valuation. At a retail price of less than $100, this book is a great value. The author, Mr. Anderson, should be commended for introducing novel valuation concepts to the business valuation community."

—Gene A. Trevino, Business Valuation Review