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Cost and Production Duality with Time Utilization of Capital

  • Christopher C. Klein
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    This article fills in some notable gaps in the literature on the existence and empirical implementation of dual cost and production models embodying the time utilization of capital. A proof of the existence of such dual cost and production functions is provided; previous results of Betancourt (1986) and Klein (1984) are extended to the general N-input-factor, continuously variable time-utilization case; and the restrictive conditions under which a conventional neoclassical empirical cost model captures the characteristics of a capital-utilization technology are derived. The general specification of cost functions that capture utilization effects is indicated.

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    Paper provided by Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 200704.

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    Date of creation: Apr 2007
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