Do New York Dairy Farmers Maximize Profits?
Tauer, Loren W.
Varian's Weak Axiom of Profit Maximization was used to determine whether each of 49 New York dairy farms displayed behavior consistent with profit maximization. The results indicate that most were only moderately successful in maximizing profits. Characteristics of the farms did not strongly differentiate those that were better at maximizing profits.
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University