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Cost Analysis

  1. 1. COST ANALYSIS 1. Real Cost 2. Opportunity or Alternative Cost 3. Money Cost – Explicit & Implicit Costs 4. Accounting & Economic Costs 5. Fixed and Variable Costs •6. Production Costs – •Total Cost (TC) •Total Fixed Cost (TFC) •Total Variable Cost (TVC) •Average Fixed Cost (AFC) •Average Variable Cost (AVC) •Average Total Cost (ATC) and •Marginal Cost (MC) Real Cost •The ‘real cost of production’ refers to the physical quantities of various factors used in producing a commodity. •Real cost signifies the aggregate of real productive resources absorbed in the production of a commodity (or a service). Opportunity Cost •The concept of opportunity cost is based on the scarcity and alternative applicability characteristics of productive resources. •The real cost of production of something using a given resource if the benefit forgone (or opportunity lost) of some other thing by not using that resource in its best alternative use. •An opportunity cost or alternative cost is the value of a resource in a foregone employment. Economists’ Money Costs •Economists wish to include imputed value of all the inputs provided by the producer himself in addition to outright money transactions between the firm and other parties from whom inputs are purchased for carrying out production. •Thus money costs in economic terms or •Economic cost = explicit or Accounting costs + implicitcosts. Sunk Costs •Sunk cost is a cost once incurred cannot be retrieved. It is associated with commitment of funds to specialized equipment or facilities which cannot be used for anything else in the present or future. E.g.brewery plant during prohibition. Shutdown Costs •Shut down costs are costs which would be incurred when plan operation is suspended, but would have been saved if the operation was continuing. •E.g. costs of sheltering plant and equipment. •Construction or hiring of sheds for storing exposed property. •Expenses on recruitment and training incurred on re-employment of workers.
  2. 2. Abandonment Costs •Abandonment arises when there is complete cessation of activities and there is a problem of disposal of assets. •E.g.discontinuance of using typewriters and shifting over usage to computers. •Shifting to paperless operations. Replacement and Historical Costs •Historical cost means the cost of a plant at a price originally paid for it. Replacement cost means the price that would have to be paid currently for acquiring the same plant. Economic Cost •Explicit costs are direct contractual monetary payments incurred through market transactions. What is cost? •In producing a commodity a firm has to employ an aggregate of various factors of production such as land, labour, capital and entrepreneurship. •These factors are to be compensated by the firm for their contribution in producing the commodity. •This compensation (factor price) is the cost. •Explicit costs are usually costs shown in the accounting statements and include costs of raw materials, wages and salaries, power and fuel, rent, interest payments of capital invested, Insurance, Taxes and duties, Misc. expenses such as selling, transport, advertising & sales promotional expenses. Economic Cost (contd.) •Implicit costs are the opportunity costs of the use of factors which a firm does not buy or hire but already owns. •Implicit costs include •Wages of labour rendered by the entrepreneur himself. •Interest on capital supplied by him. •Rent of land and premises owned by the entrepreneur and used for production. •Normal returns or profits of entrepreneur as compensation for his management and organizational services. Fixed Costs •Fixed costs are those costs that are incurred as a result of the use of fixed factor inputs. They remain fixed at any level of output. •While engaging in productive activity the producer always has to incur some expenditure which remains fixed whatever the level of production. Fixed Costs •In the short run, fixed costs remain fixed because the firm does not change its size and the amount of fixed factors employed which include: •Payments of rent for building. •Interest on capital. •Insurance premium •Depreciation and Maintenance allowances
  3. 3. •Adm. Expenses (Managerial & Staff salaries) •Property and business taxes, licence fees etc. Variable Costs •Variable costs are those costs that are incurred by the firm as a result of the use of variable factor inputs. They are dependant on the level of output. •The cost which keeps on changing with the changes in the quantity of output produced is known as variable cost. Variable costs •The short-run variable costs include •Prices of raw materials, •Wages paid for labour •Fuel and power •Excise duties, sales tax, octroi, VAT. •Freight (or transportation) charges.. Production Costs •Total Cost (TC) •Total Fixed Cost (TFC) •Total Variable Cost (TVC) •Average Fixed Cost (AFC) •Average Variable Cost (AVC) •Average Total Cost (ATC) and •Marginal Cost (MC) Theory of Cost in the Short run •Total Cost TC = TFC + TVC •Average Fixed Cost AFC = TFC ÷ Q •Average Variable Cost AVC = TVC ÷ Q •Average Total Cost ATC = TC ÷ Q = TFC/Q + TVC/Q Marginal Cost MC = ∆ C R  VC ∆QC Q Short-run Production costs Figures in rupees Cost curves Average Fixed Cost, Average Variable Cost and Average Total cost of the Firm
  4. 4. Relationship between Marginal Cost and Average Cost •1. When Average Cost is minimum, Marginal cost is equal to Average Cost. •MC curve intersects at the minimum point of ATC curve. •2. When MC curve is below AC curve, marginal cost is less than average cost, and the latter falls. •3.When the MC curve is above AC curve, marginal cost is more than average cost, the latter rises. MARGINAL COST AND AVERAGE COST LINES Esimation of Cost Functions Relationship between cost and output is expressed by cost function. TC = f(Q) TC = Total Cost Q = Quantity of output Three variants of Short-run Cost function 1.Linear Cost function 1. Linear function: TC = a + bQ (TFC + TVC) (TFC) (AVCxQ) TVC ATC = TC/Q = TFC/Q + TVC/Q = a/Q + b MC = C = b Q Illustration: TC = 100 + 0.5Q (Q=10) ∴∴FC = 100 ; TVC = 0.5Q At Q = 10, TVC = 0.5 x 10 = 5 and TC = 100 + 5 = 105 ATC = a/Q + b = 100/10 + 0.5 = 10.5 ∴∴C =bC 0 Explanation of Linear Cost function The firm has fixed costs which must be met irrespective of the quantity of output produced. This is represented by a in the equation TC=a+bQ The firm must pay proportional amount for rawmaterials, labour and other inputs, which is the TVC represented by bQ in the equation. The equation for Total Cost = Total Fixed Cost + Total Variable Cost Will thus be given as TC = a + bQ. At Zero output TC = a + bxo = a =TFC Average Total Cost = TC ÷ Output Q = a/Q + b Average Fixed Cost = a/Q and Average variable cost = b Since in the shortrun, TFC is the same irrespective of output, all increases (differentials) in cost due to increase (differentials) in output will be the Marginal Cost MC = b Quadratic Cost Function TC = a + bQ + cQ2
  5. 5. ATC = a/Q + b + cQ MC = b + 2cQ Implications of the Quadratic equation: a + bQ + cQ2 •1. If Q = 0, TC = a = TFC •2. Number of bends in the Graph is 1, • Number of bends = 1 less than highest exponent.(Q2) . •ATC = TC/Q = a/Q + b + cQ •AFC = a/Q, therefore, AVC = b + cQ •MC = b + 2cQ (by differentiation) •When Q = 0 MC = AVC = b There can be another type of Quadratic Equation TC = a + bQ – cQ2 Here – cQ2 represents reduction in costs on account of increased productivity. The TC curve will rise at a decreasing rate. Cubic Cost Functions •Cubic type of function will be •TC = a + bQ + cQ2 + dQ3 •Here the highest exponent is 3. Hence one less than 3 bends will be thre in the cost curve. •This function combines both increasing and decreasing productivity or returns. (i)Total cost of producing 200 gauges (ii) Doubling the output, X = 400 Y = 8000 + 300X + 0.1X2 Y= 8000 + 300X + 0.1X2 =8000+300(400)+0.1(400) 2 = 8000 + 300(200) + 0.1(200) 2. =8000+120000+.01(160000) = 8000 + 60000 + 0.1(40000) =8000+120000+16000 = 8000 + 60000 + 4000 =144000 Rs.1,44,000 = 72000 Rs.72000 (iii)Average cost of producing 200 units Y = 8000 + 300 + 0.1(200) X 200 = 40 + 300 + 20 = 360. Rs.360 (iv) Average cost of producing 400 units Y = 8000 + 300 + 0.1(400) X 400 = 20 + 300 + 40 = 360 Rs.360 The average cost has not been halved. The reduction in fixed cost has been offset by increase in AVC. (v)Average variable cost of producing 200 units per mointh is AVC = b + cX = 300 + 0.1(200) = 300 + 20 = Rs.320
  6. 6. If no units are produced, X really does not exist. So no question of AC. (vi)MC = 300 + 0.2X