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The state-contingent approach to production under uncertainty

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  • Quiggin, John C.
  • Chambers, Robert G.

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The central claim of this paper is that the state-contingent approach provides the best way to think about all problems in the economics of uncertainty, including problems of consumer choice, the theory of the firm, and principal–agent relationships. This claim is illustrated by recent developments in, and applications of, the state-contingent approach.

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  • Quiggin, John C. & Chambers, Robert G., 2006. "The state-contingent approach to production under uncertainty," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 50(2), pages 1-17, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aareaj:116925
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.116925
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