Marginal and total production cost indices: Theory and applications Academic Article uri icon


  • We show that the total cost of production index and the marginal cost of production index may be used to illuminate the course of an industry's evolution. Each of these summary statistics conveys different bits of information about the industry. Theoretical properties of the indices are compared, and then the indices are applied to data from the steel industry to illustrate how changes in the indices over time reflect fundamental changes in industry conditions. 1991 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Productivity Analysis

author list (cited authors)

  • Baye, M. R., Deily, M. E., & Jansen, D. W.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Baye, Michael R||Deily, Mary E||Jansen, Dennis W

publication date

  • January 1991