Sources of scale economies : sugar production in less developed countries

Tribe, M. A. and Alpine, R. L. W. (1987) Sources of scale economies : sugar production in less developed countries. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 49 (2). pp. 209-226. ISSN 1468-0084

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Abstract

This article is concerned with three specific issues in the cane-sugar manufacturing industry as a case study of scale economies in less developed countries: assessing the strength of scale economies; identifying the principal sources of scale economies; and comparing the shape of the long-run average cost curve for five different countries in association with an examination of the significance of the 'minimum economic size' criterion. The article addresses itself to these issues in a manner which might usefully be employed more widely in policy-related economic analysis in less developed countries.