# Theory of Consumer Behaviour Class 12 Economics Important Questions

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## Important Questions of Theory of Consumer Behaviour Class 12

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Question. What is meant by ‘negative returns to a factor’ ? Discuss any two reasons behind negative returns to a  factor.
Answer. Negative returns to a factor states that if more and more units of variable factor are employed with fixed factor beyond a certain level of output marginal product of the variable factor become negative and total product will fall.
Reasons for the Negative returns to a variable factor are:

(i) Limitation of fixed factor: Any increase in variable factor along with fixed factor, beyond a certain level of output may lead to negative marginal product and hence total product will fall.

(ii) Poor co-ordination between variable and fixed factor: Exceeding the optimum capacity of fixed and variable factors, the work relationship between the factors may get disturb, therefore, marginal product may become negative and hence total product will fall.

Question. State giving reasons whether the following statements are true or false.
(a) Under diminishing returns to a factor, marginal product and total product both increase at a diminishing rate.
(b) Average product falls only when marginal product is less than average product.
Answer. (a) False: Although TP increases at diminishing rate, but MP falls under diminishing returns to a factor.
(b) True: Because AP, like an average, falls if the MP, the marginal value, lower than AP.

(i) Why MP curve cuts AP curve at its maximum point?
(ii) Can AP rise when MP starts declining?
Answer. (i) MP curve cuts AP curve from above at its maximum point because as long as the AP increases, MP > AP . Otherwise, AP cannot rise. Similarly, when AP falls, MP < AP. It,  therefore, follows that MP curve cuts AP curve from above at its maximum point where MP = AP and AP is constant and maximum.
(ii) Yes, AP can rise when MP starts declining.
Explanation: For the first unit of the variable factor, MP = AP. As we increase the units of the variable factor, initially, MP rises. Then, after a point, MP starts falling due to diminishing returns to a factor. However, as long as MP > AP, AP continues to rise.

Question. Let the production function of a firm be: Q = 5L + 2K. Find out the maximum possible output that the firm can produce with 50 units of L and 10 units of K.
Answer. Given Q = 5L + 2K , L = 50, K = 10
Therefore, Q = 5(50) + 2(10) = 250 + 20 = 270
Thus, the maximum possible output that the firm can produce with 0 unit of L and 10 units of K is 270 units.

Question. What is meant by ‘returns to a factor’? Explain the meaning of diminishing returns to a factor.
Answer. Returns to a factor refers to change in output when only one input is changed, other inputs remaining unchanged. Diminishing returns to a factor: When only one input is  increased, other inputs remaining unchanged, after a certain level of employment of the variable input, TPP starts increasing at diminishing rate  (phase II of production). Finally, TPP falls (phase III of production).

Question. What is meant by “diminishing returns to a factor”? Discuss any two reasons for the operation of diminishing returns to a factor.
Answer. Diminishing returns to a variable input referred to a stage in production when with the employment of more and more units of variable factor with the given fixed factor, marginal product (MP) decreases and total product (TP) increases at diminishing rate.
Reasons for the decreasing returns to a variable factor are:

(i) Over-utilisation of the fixed factor: As we keep on increasing the variable factor along with the fixed factor eventually a position comes when the fixed factor has its limits and starts yielding diminishing returns.

(ii) Improper coordination between Fixed and Variable factors: After a certain level of employment, the production process becomes too crowded with the variable input and factor proportion tends to become less and less suitable for the production.

Question. State giving reasons whether the following statements are true or false.
(a) Under diminishing returns to a factor, total product continues to increase till marginal product reaches zero.
(b) When total product is constant, average product will fall.
Answer. (a) True: Under diminishing returns to a factor, MP falls. TP increases till MP is positive and when MP becomes zero, TP is maximum and constant.
(b) True: AP = TP/L. Since TP is constant and variable input (L) increases, AP will fall. TP is constant and maximum when MP = 0. Here, AP must be falling.

Question. MP curve looks like an inverse U-shaped curve in the input-output plane. Why?
Answer. According to the law of variable proportions, initially MP of a variable factor rises. Therefore, MP curve is upward sloping. Then, after a certain level of employment of the variable factor, MP falls but remains positive. Therefore , MP curve is downward sloping but above the X-axis. Finally, MP becomes negative. Therefore, MP curve is downward sloping and below the X-axis. Thus, the MP curve looks like an inverse U-shaped curve in the input-output plane.

Question. Explain the likely behaviour of Total Product and Marginal Product when only one input is increased while all other inputs are kept unchanged.
Answer. When only one input is increased while all other inputs are kept unchanged, the behaviour of Total Product (TP) and Marginal Product (MP) is summed up as follows:

Phase I: TP increases at increasing rate and MP increases.
When the units of the variable factor increases, efficient utilisation of the fixed factors takes place due to specialisation. This increases efficiency of the variable factor. Therefore, MP increases and hence TP increases at increasing rate.

Phase II: TP increases at diminishing rate and MP decreases but remains positive.
Beyond a point, increasing variable factor puts pressure on fixed factors. This lowers the efficiency of the variable factor. So, MP of the variable factor starts falling, hence TP increases at decreasing rates.

Phase III: TP declines and MP becomes negative.
Increasing variable factor puts so much pressure on the fixed factors that MP becomes negative and TP starts falling.

Question. State giving reasons whether the following statements are true or false.
(a) Average product will increase only when marginal product increases.
(b) Total product always increases whether there is increasing returns or diminishing returns to a factor.
(c) When there are diminishing returns to a factor, total product first increases and then starts falling.
Answer. (a) False: Average product rises as long as marginal product is greater than average product. Here, marginal product could be rising or falling.
(b) False: When there is diminishing returns to a factor, total product (TP) can decrease when marginal product (MP) of the variable factor becomes negative.
(c) True: When there are diminishing returns to a factor, TP first increases (though at decreasing rate when MP falls but is positive) and then TP starts falling when MP becomes  negative.

Question. What is meant by increasing returns to a factor ? Discuss any two reasons behind increasing returns to a factor.
Answer. With the employment of more and more units of the variable factor along with the given fixed factor, MP increases and hence TP increases at an increasing rate. This is called Increasing returns to a factor.
Reasons for the Increasing returns to a variable factor are:-

(i) Fuller utilisation of the fixed factor: Certain factors of production are indivisible. They can put to their best use only when they are fully employed

(ii) Division of labour and specialisation: When a large number of labour units are employed, it is possible to divide a job in different stages. It results in specialisation implies higher efficiency and more production.

Question. State the behaviour of Marginal Physical Product, under returns to a factor.
Answer. The behaviour of Marginal Physical Product, under returns to a factor:
(i) MPP initially rises to its maximum.
(ii) MPP then decreases (stays positive) to become zero.
(iii) MPP becomes negative.

Question. State giving reasons whether the following statements are true or false.
(a) Under diminishing returns to a factor, total product continues to increase till marginal product reaches zero.
(b) Increase in total product always indicates that there are increasing returns to a factor.
(c) When there are diminishing returns to a factor marginal and total product both always fall.
Answer. (a) True: Under diminishing returns to a factor, total product (TP) continues to increase till marginal product reaches zero, though TP increases at decreasing rate.
(b) False: TP also increases when there are diminishing returns to a factor so long as MP is positive.
(c) False: MP falls (i.e., diminishing returns), TP can rise so long as MP is positive.

Question. State the relation between Average Product (AP) and Marginal Product (MP), using a schedule and a diagram.