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THE OUTPUT-COST RELATIONSHIP FOR RETAIL FERTILIZER PLANTS: AN EMPIRICAL APPLICATION OF MULTIPRODUCT FIRM THEORY

Jay T. Akridge and Thomas Hertel ()

No 278703, 1985 Annual Meeting, August 4-7, Ames, Iowa from American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association)

Abstract: Retail fertilizer plants produce a number of products and services. To analyze the relationship between cost and output for these multiproduct firms, a shoit-run, translog cost function is estimated using pooled data. Results indicate plants can lower average cost by increasing output and by diversifying into anhydrous ammonia. Furthermore, preliminary evidence indicates that firms in the sample are over-invested in plant and equipment.

Keywords: Crop Production/Industries; Demand and Price Analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43
Date: 1985-08
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.278703

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