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Information, Flexibility, and Value Added


  • Hennessy, David A.
  • Babcock, Bruce A.


Information technologies used in production activities facilitate the acquisition of more detailed and more timely information concerning the state of the production environment. While the effects of distribution shifts on decisions under uncertainty have been much studied, less is known about the effects of information acquisition on revenue generation and choice. In this article we consider the firm level impacts of information acquisition on revenue, on input use, and on profitability. A choice made under uncertainty depends upon the distribution of a random parameter but not upon its realization, while the choice depends only on the realization when this realization is known. Impacts are determined by interactions between second and third cross derivatives of the primal revenue function.

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  • Hennessy, David A. & Babcock, Bruce A., 1998. "Information, Flexibility, and Value Added," Staff General Research Papers Archive 1362, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:1362

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    1. Pautsch, Gregory R. & Babcock, Bruce A. & Breidt, F. Jay, 1999. "Optimal Information Acquisition Under A Geostatistical Model," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 24(2), pages 1-25, December.
    2. Mitchell, Paul D., 2003. "Value of imperfect input information in agricultural production," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 75(2-3), pages 277-294.
    3. Babcock, Bruce A. & Pautsch, Gregory R., 1998. "Moving From Uniform To Variable Fertilizer Rates On Iowa Corn: Effects On Rates And Returns," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 23(2), pages 1-16, December.
    4. Murat Isik & Madhu Khanna, 2003. "Stochastic Technology, Risk Preferences, and Adoption of Site-Specific Technologies," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 85(2), pages 305-317.
    5. Garcia, Philip & Nelson, Carl H., 2003. "Engaging Students In Research: The Use Of Structured Professional Dialogue," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 21894, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    6. Gregory R. Pautsch & Bruce A. Babcock & F. Jay Breidt, 1998. "Optimal Sampling Under a Geostatistical Model," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 98-wp200, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.

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