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Informed Control Over Inputs and Extent of Industrial Processing

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  • David A. Hennessy

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Stylized facts regarding the industrial process include emphases on obtaining information about and control over the quality of raw materials. We provide a model that establishes conditions under which informed control involves ensuring uniformity in inputs and increased uniformity encourages more extensive processing. We show when the Boltzmann-Shannon entropy statistic is an appropriate measure of uniformity.

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  • David A. Hennessy, 2005. "Informed Control Over Inputs and Extent of Industrial Processing," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 05-wp398, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
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    1. Lambert, David K., 2008. "The expected utility of genetic information in beef cattle production," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 99(1), pages 44-52, December.
    2. Bulut, Harun & Lawrence, John D., 2007. "Meat Slaughter and Processing Plants' Traceability Levels Evidence From Iowa," Staff General Research Papers Archive 12791, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    entropy; homogeneous inputs; industrialization; information technologies; sorting.;

    JEL classification:

    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance

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