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Multi-Output Firm Under Price Uncertainty

  • Hennessy, David A.

A closed-form dual representation of the multi-output production problem is developed under CARA and the large exponential family of multivariate price distributions. System-wide response analysis allows an understanding of second moment and risk tolerance effects, and provides insights on distorting subsidies admissible under World Trade Organization agreements. We demonstrate second-order flexibility in the sense that any empirical first and second moments can be imposed. Production complementarity results are identified for a special linearized version of the model. Incentives under the class of elliptically contoured distributions are studied, as are speculation decisions in the presence of futures markets.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 12408.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2006
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economics and Business, May/June 2006, vol. 58, pp. 181-201
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:12408
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