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An Axiomatic Approach to the Allocation of a Fixed Cost Through Prices

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  • Leonard J. Mirman
  • Dov Samet
  • Yair Tauman

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We study the allocation of fixed costs to the outputs of a multiproduct firm. First we allocate short-run fixed costs through A-S prices which allocate the long-run costs. Long-run cost functions do not generally contain a fixed cost component. We show what part of the A-S prices associated with the long-run cost is allocated to the fixed cost and what part is allocated to the variable cost of the short-run costs. Second, in those cases in which the fixed costs must be allocated directly, we alter the axioms characterizing A-S prices slightly to accommodate cost functions which have a fixed cost component and derive an allocation mechanism characterized by these axioms for cost functions including those with a fixed cost component

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  • Leonard J. Mirman & Dov Samet & Yair Tauman, 1983. "An Axiomatic Approach to the Allocation of a Fixed Cost Through Prices," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 14(1), pages 139-151, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:bellje:v:14:y:1983:i:spring:p:139-151
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    1. Samet, Dov & Tauman, Yair, 1982. "The Determination of Marginal Cost Prices under a Set of Axioms," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 50(4), pages 895-909, July.
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