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Un ré-examen de la relation entre variété et échelle de production à partir de l'industrie automobile


  • Bruno Jetin
  • Yannick Lung


[eng] A re-examination, based on the automobile industry, of the relationship between variety and scale . of production by Bruno Jetin and Yannick Lung . Based on specific statistical time-series of product variety and production volume of passenger cars for the main car makers during the period 1950-73 (Europe, USA, Japan), the paper discusses the relationships between and scale of production. It demonstrates that there is no incompatibility between the search for scale economies - associated with mass production - and growth in variety of supply. These results are deduced from an econometric analysis (panel data). A dynamic model of the relation between scale and variety - based on a learning process - is then proposed. [fre] Un réexamen de la relation entre variété et échelle de production à partir de l'industrie . automobile par Bruno Jetin et Yannick Lung . Prenant appui sur la reconstitution de séries statistiques longues relatives à la variété de la gamme et au volume de production des principaux constructeurs automobiles mondiaux sur la période 1950-93 (Europe, USA, Japon), l'article discute les relations entre variété de l'offre et échelle de production. Il met en évidence qu'il n'existe pas d'incompatibilité entre la recherche d'économies d'échelle, caractéristique de la production de masse, et l'accroissement de la variété de l'offre. Ces résultats sont obtenus à partir du traitement économétrique par la méthode des données de panel. L'article propose ensuite un modèle dynamique de la relation entre échelle et variété dans un schéma explicatif centré sur les processus d'apprentissage.

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  • Bruno Jetin & Yannick Lung, 2000. "Un ré-examen de la relation entre variété et échelle de production à partir de l'industrie automobile," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 145(4), pages 67-82.
  • Handle: RePEc:prs:ecoprv:ecop_0249-4744_2000_num_145_4_6113
    Note: DOI:10.3406/ecop.2000.6113

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