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Evaluating this function at (w^ W2, p) = (150, 1, 20) yields LMC = 20 (=-p = LMR). 10. 3 we saw how Shephard's Lemma could be used to obtain conditional input demand equations directly from the cost function, without having to explicitly solve an optimisation problem. This idea generalises to the case of a profit function. 87) ,„(p,w) = M P ^ . 1: K{p,w„w^) = 0Ml9w;'w;'p"'. 89) x . 81 (apart from minor rounding errors). l Nonnegativity: x,(p, w) > 0. 2 Nonincreasing in w: dx^(p,yv)/dw^ <0. 3 Homogeneity: qm(kp^kw)='qm(P,yy) for/:>0.

REVIEW OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS 25 Unfortunately, the algebra quickly becomes unmanageable when we have more than a few inputs and outputs and/or we use a functional form that is less tractable than the Cobb-Douglas. When dealing with multiple-input multiple-output technologies, it is usually more convenient (and common) to derive conditional input demand equations by working back from a well-behaved cost function. Specifically, if the cost function is twicecontinuously differentiable then Shephard 's Lemma says that: x„(w,q) = ^ ^ .

0. q^(p, w) > 0. 3). 5). 4) and the result that the first derivative of any linearly homogeneous function is homogeneous of degree 0. 4 follow from the fact that the REVIEW OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS order of differentiation is unimportant (Young's Theorem). example, 39 This means, for ^•y„(P>w) ^ a';r(p,w) ^ 8V(p,w) ^ dx,„{p,w) Again, these properties can be used to explore the effects of possible changes in economic policy. In this book we are just as interested in using them to obtain better estimates of the parameters of input demand and output supply functions (and hence better estimates of economic quantities of interest, including measures of productivity and efficiency).

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