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Capacity Utilization under Dynamic Profit Maximization

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  • Fousekis, Panos
  • Stefanou, Spiro E

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Empirically implementable measures of optimal capacity utilization are developed from the dynamic profit maximization perspective. The primal measure is based on behavior of the firm's supply along an optimal path to the steady state. The dual measure is based on behavior of the firm's supply along an optimal path to the steady state. The dual measure is based on the behavior of the dynamic value function in the stock of the quasi-fixed input. Rates of optimal capacity utilization are estimated for the U.S. food processing and distribution sector over the period 1948-1991.

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  • Fousekis, Panos & Stefanou, Spiro E, 1996. "Capacity Utilization under Dynamic Profit Maximization," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 21(3), pages 335-359.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:21:y:1996:i:3:p:335-59
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    1. Robin Sickles & Peter Hartley, 2001. "A Model of Optimal Dynamic Oil Extraction: Evidence From a Large Middle Eastern Field," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 15(1), pages 59-71, January.
    2. Alfons Oude Lansink & Spiro Stefanou, 2001. "Dynamic Area Allocation and Economies of Scale and Scope," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(3), pages 38-52.
    3. Weiyu Gao & Peter Hartley & Robin Sickles, 2009. "Optimal dynamic production from a large oil field in Saudi Arabia," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 37(1), pages 153-184, September.
    4. Alejandro Onofri & Lilyan Fulginiti, 2008. "Public inputs and dynamic producer behavior: endogenous growth in U.S. agriculture," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 30(1), pages 13-28, August.

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