Advanced production economics (a) Primal approach: Structure of the production technology and properties, elasticity of substitution, homogeneity and returns to scale, separability, estimation of technology parameters and testing hypothesis about properties, functional forms. (b) Normative supply analysis: Applications of linear programming to farm supply decisions. (c) Dual approach: The profit function, the cost function, duality and technology structure, estimation and hypothesis testing. (d) Positive supply analysis: Econometric specification of output supply and factor demand, restrictions from technology structure (homogeneity, etc.), aggregate supply analysis. (e) Risk and uncertainty: Mean-variance analysis applications in agricultural production, stochastic dominance; MOTAD and quadratic programming.
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