Crampes, Claude and Moreaux, Michel (2022) L'effet surface/volume et ses limites. Revue d'Économie Industrielle (N° 177). pp. 9-27.

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By increasing the size of production, storage, and transport equipment, firms seek to take advantage of an increase in volume (outputs) proportionally larger than the increase in surface (inputs). But economies of scale are limited by the strength of the materials, the distance to supply and service points, and the risks of accidents, congestion, and loss of control, which are all the more serious when the equipment in question is large. This article studies the gains and costs induced by surface/volume effects in the main industrial sectors.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2022
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Paris
Uncontrolled Keywords: economies of scale, storage, transport, thermodynamics, industrial risk
JEL Classification: L63 - Microelectronics; Computers; Communications Equipment
L9 - Industry Studies - Transportation and Utilities
N7 - Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, Technology, and Other Services
O14 - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2022 07:52
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 07:52
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