Cost Structure and the Measurement of Economic Performance: Productivity, Utilization, Cost Economics, and Related Performance Indicators / Edition 1

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Cost Structure and the Measurement of Economic Performance is designed to provide a comprehensive guide for students, researchers or consultants who wish to model, construct, interpret, and use economic performance measures. The topical emphasis is on productivity growth and its dependence on the cost structure. The methodological focus is on application of the tools of economic analysis - the 'thinking structure' provided by microeconomic theory - to measure technological or cost structure, and link it with market and regulatory structure. This provides a rich basis for evaluation of economic performance and its determinants. The format of the book stresses topics or questions of interest rather than the theoretical tools for analysis. Traditional productivity growth modeling and measurement practices that result in a productivity residual often called the 'measure of our ignorance' are initially overviewed, and then the different aspects of technological, market and regulatory structure that might underlie this residual are explored. The ultimate goal is to decompose or explain the residual, by modeling and measuring a multitude of impacts that determine the economic performance of firms, sectors, and economies. The chapters are organized with three broad goals in mind. The first is to introduce the overall ideas involved in economic performance measurement and traditional productivity growth analysis. Issues associated with different types of (short and long run, internal and external) cost economies, market and regulatory impacts, and other general cost efficiencies that might impact these measures are then explored. Finally, some of the theoretical, data construction and econometric tools necessary to justify and implement these models are emphasized.

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Editorial Reviews

Arranging the coverage by topics or questions of interest rather than theoretical models, Morrison Paul (U. of California-Davis) explains how to model, construct, interpret, and use measures for economic performance. She emphasizes productivity growth and its dependence on the cost structure, and focuses methodologically on using the tools of economic analysis in microeconomic theory to measure technological or cost structure and link it with market and regulatory structure. She considers different types of cost economies, market and regulatory impacts, and other general cost efficiencies that might impact the measures. She also sets out some of the theoretical, data construction, and econometric tools necessary to justify and implement the models. The treatment is a heavily revised version of her published by Springer Verlag in 1992. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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'... we have here a well-written book by an author who knows the subject from within. The book guides into a rich literature and opens up many avenues for further research.'
Kwantitatieve Methoden, Nr. 64 (2000)
'Overall, this book is an excellent book for anyone interested in measuring adn decomposing productivity growth, as well as factors that affect its measurement and decomposition. The book also provides readers with insights useful when considering whether a short-run or long-run cost function is the appropiate function to estimate. Professor Paul has provided readers with a very intuitive, substantial, and well-written book on the subject matter with many good references. The book could be used as a textbook for a graduate economics course on productivity growth measurement.'
Southern Economic Journal, 68:1 (2001)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792384038
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 2/15/1999
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 363
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction to the Conceptual Framework. Traditional Productivity Growth Measurement. The Short Run, Capital, and Capacity Utilization. Short and Long Run Scale and Other Cost Economies. Internal and External Cost Economies, and Growth. Market Structure and Economic Performance. Regulatory Structure and Costs. Technical Efficiency. Underlying Theory and Implementation Issues. Data Construction for Estimation and Measurement. Issues of Econometric Implementation. Pulling it Together. References. Index.

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