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diminishing returns

the characteristic of any production system in which increases in variable inputs result in increasing reduction of total output. An indicator of when to stop making additional inputs to the system, when the input exceeds the additional output.
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Bank of Japan board member, Takehiro Sato, warned of diminishing returns from the apex bank's QE programme.
Diminishing Returns did not win this year, preserving its perfect record.
Despite the risk of falling foul of the law of diminishing returns, some of the gags even get repeated.
Diminishing returns from small holdings, the young and educated farmers in Punjab with an entrepreneurial streak are venturing into commercial dairy farming.
Conventional wisdom these days promotes the idea that revision is fundamental to good writing, that writers revise constantly, that there is no such thing as diminishing returns when referring to revision.
Most new inventions could be chucked in the bin, As the law of diminishing returns sets in.
Findings show that, on average, taking out loans actually makes graduation more likely for all students but, at a certain point--which is about $2,000 lower for men than for women--debt has diminishing returns and becomes less effective at boosting chances of graduation.
I suspect the law of diminishing returns will kick in at some point but not for at least one more series - if only because in the world of telly there really is no such thing as bad publicity.
PA4 has been written and directed by four people but the unforgiving law of diminishing returns still applies.
There are diminishing returns with work, and realizing where that lies is vital to maximum value out of productivity.
Having persevered with their own, generally unloved operating systems with diminishing returns, the Finnish firm recently bit the bullet and announced a tie-up with Microsoft's Windows Phone, with this handset being the first fruit of the partnership.
Arctic Monkeys, pictured right, @ Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (Tuesday) * AFTER their blistering debut LP Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, the Arctic Monkeys output has fallen victim to the law of ever diminishing returns.