
Accession Number : AD0738453
Title : Stochastic Returns and the Theory of the Firm.
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,
Corporate Author : HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MASS
Personal Author(s) : Douglas,Aaron J.
Report Date : NOV 1971
Pagination or Media Count : 30
Abstract : The paper is an application of the expected utility maximization hypothesis which attempts to provide a partial explanation of the paucity of organized trading and shifting of risks through the use of the price mechanism. In the model analyzed here, factor inputs with known price can have a stochastic marginal product. The firm increases the risk it bears by using more of the factors with stochastic marginal product. For most of the cases examined in the paper, the firm can selfinsure by using factors of production which have a nonstochastic marginal product, and yield positive profit when not used with the factors of production with stochastic marginal product. (Author)
Descriptors : (*ECONOMICS, MATHEMATICAL MODELS), STOCHASTIC PROCESSES, DISTRIBUTION THEORY, PRODUCTION CONTROL, MONEY, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, INEQUALITIES, OPTIMIZATION
Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
Operations Research
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE