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05-WP 398


Stylized facts regarding the industrial process include emphases on obtaining information about and control over the quality of raw materials. We provide a model that establishes conditions under which informed control involves ensuring uniformity in inputs and increased uniformity encourages more extensive processing. We show when the Boltzmann-Shannon entropy statistic is an appropriate measure of uniformity.

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This working paper was published as Hennessy, David A., "Informed control over inputs and extent of industrial processing," Economics Letters 94 (2007): 372–377, doi:10.1016/j.econlet.2006.08.022.