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Unit Overview


This is an advanced unit focusing on the economics of producer behaviour and the analysis of efficiency and productivity change, with emphasis on empirical applications to agriculture, environmental management, manufacturing and service sectors. The topics include models of production; cost, revenue and profit optimisation; input demand and product supply responses; and the effect of technological progress and the production environment on performance. Production frontier estimation techniques covered include data envelopment analysis (DEA), stochastic frontier analysis (SFA), and distance (radial and directional) function models of multi-input multi-output production processes.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand the economic theory that underpins production decisions and efficiency analysis, and develop the capacity to think about related research problems in logical and systematic ways; (2) develop a thorough understanding of data and statistical issues related to production efficiency and productive analysis; and (3) implement modern techniques to analyse empirical data and generate information to guide management and policy.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) assignments; and (3) final test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Atakelty Hailu
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ECON4002 Core Concepts in Agricultural and Applied Economics
or Unit(s) ECON5003 Microeconomic Theory for Agricultural and Environmental Economics
or Unit(s) ECON5002 Agriculture and Economic Development
Contact hours
The total workload contact hours for the unit is 36 hours
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