diminishing returns


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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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Having been wedded to the policy of exporting jihad for the last 40 years has only brought about diminishing returns for Pakistan.
In fact, Davaa follows the template of ``Weeping Camel'' so closely that you could be forgiven for looking at ``Yellow Dog'' as something of a sequel 7/8 with the usual diminishing returns.
His approach, rather than focus on "overly political" issues such as colonialism and repression, explains the issues with reference to the balance between natural resources and labor and diminishing returns to labor.
Decline, with investment in the technology reduced due to diminishing returns.
Similarly, 1997's Batman & Robin, the last installment in a series that demonstrates the law of diminishing returns better than most economic textbooks could ever hope to, managed to turn away the masses far more effectively than Fredric Wertham's homophobic declamations in Seduction of the Innocent.
LISA YUSKAVAGE: Flipping through the recent book on new painting, Vitamin P [2002], what jumps out is not the diminishing returns of modernism, but the diminishing returns of copying photographs and the overdependence on other media to make painting "vital.
Those companies doing this will learn that daisy-chaining has diminishing returns in terms of throughput.
Innovation matters so much because it affords the economy a way of escaping the law of diminishing returns that otherwise would inexorably reduce the punch from simply adding more capital or labor.
In fact, too much of it can only induce a mental tedium that will result in diminishing returns and injuries.
argue for that whack to be multiplied by three or four need to study the law of diminishing returns, and stop talking, like Jim Furlong, about punters' cash being "returned" to racing.
All services have a point of diminishing returns, at which time they no longer provide additional benefit or the benefit is not worth the cost.
Industry over-capacity and continued consolidation across the sector had led to a growing downward price pressure, the need to increase critical mass and diminishing returns on escalating capital demands, he said.