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Chapter 22. Profit Maximization. The Profit Motive. The basic incentive for producing goods & services is the expectation of profit. Profit is the difference between Total Revenue & Total Cost. Chapter 22. 2. Motives To Produce. A.K.A. - Why run your own business? Expected Profit

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Chapter 22

Chapter 22

Profit Maximization


The profit motive
The Profit Motive

  • The basic incentive for producing goods & services is the expectation of profit.

  • Profit is the difference between Total Revenue & Total Cost.

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Motives to produce
Motives To Produce

  • A.K.A. - Why run your own business?

    • Expected Profit

    • Social Status

    • Flexible hours

    • Control

    • Sense of mission/purpose

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Profit maximization
Profit Maximization

  • The objective of a for-profit firm is to maximize profit.

  • Each cost is an opportunity cost

    • the amount necessary to keep the owners of the resources from moving it to an alternative use.

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Economic profit
Economic Profit

  • The difference between total revenues & total economic costs

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Economic costs
Economic Costs

  • The value of all resources used in production

  • Includes:

    • Direct Costs of land, buildings, tools, ingredients & labor

    • Opportunity Costs for land, buildings, & tools

    • Cost of Debt – the interest paid on loans

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Risk

  • The potential for profit is not a guarantee of profit.

    • remember the risk-return tradeoff.

  • There are many risks to starting a business.

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Market structure
Market Structure

  • The selling environment in which a firm produces and sells its product is called a market structure.

  • It is defined by three characteristics:

    • The number & size of firms in the market

    • The ease of entry and exit of firms

    • The degree of product differentiation

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5 market structures
5 Market Structures

  • Perfect (or Pure) Competition

  • Monopolistic Competition

  • Oligopoly

  • Duopoly

  • Monopoly

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Perfect competition characteristics
Perfect Competition Characteristics

  • Many firms

  • Identical products – many substitutes

  • Low barriers to entry – easy to get into

  • Firm has no market power

  • Firm is a Price Taker

  • Advertising is unnecessary

  • Ex: Agriculture products.

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Price takers
Price Takers

  • With so many producers, no single producer has market power. They have no control over the price they charge, because their customer’s can easily get the same product from somewhere else.

  • The Demand curve the firm faces is flat.

    • No single firm could come close to satisfying the total demand for the product.

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Production decision
Production Decision

  • With no control over price, the firm has only one decision to make: How much to produce.

  • This is a short-term decision based on their existing plant & equipment, and the current price of their product.

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Output revenues
Output & Revenues

  • Total Revenue = Price X Quantity

    • The more you produce, the more revenue you make

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Output costs
Output & Costs

  • To maximize profits, a firm must consider how increased production will affect costs as well as revenues.

    • Fixed costs must be paid even if no output is produced

    • Variable costs increases as production increases

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Output costs1
Output & Costs

  • Total Costs = TFC + TVC

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Output costs2
Output & Costs

  • Total Costs = TFC + TVC

profit

loss

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Output costs3
Output & Costs

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Basic profit maximizing rule
Basic Profit Maximizing Rule

  • Never produce a unit of output that cost more than it brings in.

  • The goal of the firm is to maximize profit, not revenue.

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Marginal revenue
Marginal Revenue

  • MR = Price

  • Change in revenue

    Change in sales

  • Marginal means “extra”

    • This is the extra revenue for each extra item you sell. That is the price you sell it for.

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Marginal revenue marginal cost
Marginal Revenue & Marginal Cost

  • Marginal revenue (Price) is the extra income from selling an extra item.

  • Marginal cost is the extra costs to produce that extra item.

  • So, we consider them at the same time…

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Short run profit maximizing rules
Short-Run Profit Maximizing Rules

If:

  • Price > MC increase output (make more)

  • Price < MC decrease output (make less)

  • Price = MC maintain output

    • Profit maximizing point

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Profit maximizing
Profit Maximizing

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Adding up profits
Adding Up Profits

  • Total Profit = TR – TC

    Or

  • Total Profit = (P-ATC) x Q

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Goals
Goals:

  • The goal is to maximize total profit

  • Not to:

    • Maximize per-unit profit

    • Produce where ATC is at a minimum

  • It is about profit, not efficiency!

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Profit maximizing1
Profit Maximizing

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Examples
Examples:

AtMR=MC

  • Price = $3

  • ATC = $2.25

  • Q = 300

  • TR = $900

  • TC = $675

  • Profit = $225

At Minimum ATC

  • Price = $3

  • ATC = $2

  • Q = 200

  • TR = $600

  • TC = $400

  • Profit = $200

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Taking a loss
Taking A Loss

  • Price < ATCPrice > AVC

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Shutdown
Shutdown

  • Price < ATCPrice < AVC

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Short run supply determinants
Short-Run Supply Determinants

  • The quantity produced is affected by anything that changes Marginal Cost

    • Price of inputs (ingredients)

    • Technology

    • Expectations

    • Taxes & Subsidies

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Short run supply demand
Short-Run Supply & Demand

  • The MC curve is the short-run Supply curve for the company

    • (from the breakeven point to maximum profit point)

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Taxes and supply
Taxes and Supply

  • Some taxes alter short run behavior

  • Some taxes alter long run behavior

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1 property taxes
1. Property Taxes

  • Are a fixed cost

  • Raises Total Costs & reduces total profit

  • Increases Breakeven quantity

    • Raises FC

  • Does not change Profit Maximizing quantity.

    • Do not alter marginal costs

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1 property taxes1
1. Property Taxes

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2 payroll taxes
2. Payroll Taxes

  • Are a variable cost

  • Raises Total Costs, reduces total profit & per-unit profit

  • Increases Breakeven quantity

    • Reduces Contribution Margin

  • Reduces Profit Maximizing quantity.

    • Increases marginal costs

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2 payroll taxes1
2. Payroll Taxes

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3 profit income taxes
3. Profit (income) Taxes

  • Are neither a fixed or variable cost

  • Does not change Breakeven quantity

  • Does not change Profit Maximizing quantity.

    • Do not alter marginal costs

  • Might affect investment decisions

  • Profit doesn’t change – just where the profit goes.

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4 sales taxes
4. Sales Taxes

  • Are neither a fixed or variable cost

  • Does not change Breakeven quantity

  • Does not change Profit Maximizing quantity.

    • Do not alter marginal costs

  • This is collected at the end of a sale.

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