ECON5005 Production Economics and Efficiency Analysis
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- 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.
- Students are able to (1) understand the economic theory that underpins production decisions and efficiency analysis, and think about related research problems in logical and systematic ways; (2) appreciate data and statistical issues related to production efficiency theory; 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) test. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Atakelty Hailu
- Unit rules
- ECON4402 Microeconomic Theory
ECON5003 Fundamental Microeconomics for Agriculture and Policy
ECON5002 Agriculture and Economic Development
- Contact hours
- 10 half days. The total work load for the unit is 150 hours.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.