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Input price variation across locations and a generalized measure of cost efficiency

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  • Ray, Subhash C.
  • Chen, Lei
  • Mukherjee, Kankana

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We propose a non-parametric model for global cost minimization as a framework for optimal allocation of a firm's output target across multiple locations, taking account of differences in input prices and technologies across locations. This should be useful for firms planning production sites within a country and for foreign direct investment decisions by multi-national firms. Two illustrative examples are included. The first example considers the production location decision of a manufacturing firm across a number of adjacent states within the US. In the other example, we consider the optimal allocation of US and Canadian automobile manufacturers across the two countries.

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  • Ray, Subhash C. & Chen, Lei & Mukherjee, Kankana, 2008. "Input price variation across locations and a generalized measure of cost efficiency," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 116(2), pages 208-218, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:116:y:2008:i:2:p:208-218
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