Accession Number : AD0710011

Title :   ECONOMIES OF SCALE IN COMPUTER USE: INITIAL TESTS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE COMPUTER UTILITY.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE PROJECT MAC

Personal Author(s) : Selwyn,Lee L.

Report Date : JUN 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 114

Abstract : The study is concerned with the existence of economies of scale in the production of data processing and other computing services, and the possible regulatory and public policy implications of such economies. An analysis was made of data on nearly 10,000 computers installed at firms in manufacturing industries, using the survival technique, which uses market experience as a basis for studying levels of optimum plant size. The results of this analysis suggested that users did operate computers as if there were significant economies of scale in their use. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMPUTERS, ECONOMICS), (*DATA PROCESSING, COST EFFECTIVENESS), MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, TIME SHARING, OPTIMIZATION, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, STATISTICAL DATA, REVIEWS, THESES

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Computer Hardware
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE