Laws of Production

August 11, 2017 | Author: manojkumar024 | Category: Economies Of Scale, Production Function, Business Economics, Economic Theories, Economics
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|aws of Variable Proportions Stages of Production function Returns to Scale and its Types Economies of Scale Types of Economies of Scale Factors/Causes of Internal and external economies of scale Diseconomies of small scale and large scale production



|aw of Variable Proposition It is also known as ³Law of Diminishing Returns´ î Assumption: A firm¶s production function consists of fixed quantities of all inputs (land,equipment etc)except labour which is a variable input.When the firm expands output by employing more and more labour,it alters the proportion between fixed and the variable inputs. î

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Definition of |aw of Variable Proportions î

Œas more and more of some input,¶I¶ is employed,all other | input quantities being held constant,eventually a point will be reached where additional quantities of input µI¶ will yield diminishing marginal contributions to total product´- Baumol 0

 

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Three stages of Prod . Fn in short Stage A Increasing Returns to Scale When average product (AP) is rising ,Marginal Product (MP) rises more than AP Stage  Constant Returns to Scale When AP is Maximum and constant,MP becomes equal to AP Stage  Diminishing Returns to Scale When AP starts falling,MP falls faster than AP

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Contnd Thus ,the total product,marginal product and average product pass through three phases viz,increasing,diminishing and negative return stage.The law of variable proportion is nothing but the combination of law of increasing and diminishing returns.

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Why Increasing ,Diminishing and Negative Returns?

Why Increasing? Fixed factor is abundant relative to the quantity of the variable factor.It is also due to indivisibility of fixed factor Why Diminishing ? Any increase in variable factor beyond this point of optimum will always result in Diminishing returns. Why Negative? Too much employment of variable factor,Greater costs and A lesser output

Table A Increasing Returns to Scale ½actors Labour Land (Units) (acres)

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Table  Constant Returns to Scale ½actors Labour Land (Units) (acres)

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Table  Decreasing Returns to Scale ½actors Labour Land (Units) (acres)

Total Product

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Economies of Scale Production may be carried on a small scale or on a large scale by a firm.When a firm expands its size of production by increasing all the factors,it secures certain advantages known as economies of Production.



Types of Economies of Scale Internal Economies External Economies

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Internal Economies of Scale These are those which are opened to a single factory or a single firm independently of the action of other firms.They result from an increase in the scale of output of a firm and cannot be achieved unless output increases. Hence,internal economies depend solely upon the size of the firm and are different firms.

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External Economies of Scale The benefits of those which are shared in by a number of industries when the scale of production in an industry or group of Industries increases. Hence,external economies benefit all the industries as the size of the industry increases.

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Causes of Internal Economies of Scale A.Indivisibilities .Specilisation



Types of Internal Economies of Scale A.Technical Economies .Managerial Economies .Marketing Economies .Financial Economies .Risk Bearing Economies .Economies of Research .Economies of Welfare



Types of External Economies of Scale A.Economies of Concentration .Economies of Information .Economies of Welfare .Economies of disintegration



Diseconomies of large Scale Production Financial,Marketing ,Managerial ,Technical Diseconomies of risk taking and external diseconomies

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What are merits and demerits of Small scale production Compare and contrast from one industry to other industry



Complements (-) vs Substitutes (+) defined by sign of cross price elasticity

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