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question, as well as the managerial utility of full cost information. It also links the cost accounting effort to the
economist’s three factors of production: land, labor, and capital.
Chapter 2. Cost Behavior
The notion that different costs are used for different purposes is a basic underpinning of management accounting. This chapter explains why such a notion is important, focusing in particular on cost behavior, including the
distinction among fixed, variable, step-function, and semi-variable costs. It takes up the subject of cost-volumeprofit (CVP) analysis, looking at CVP analysis (sometimes called breakeven analysis) in its most basic form, and
then examining a variety of special considerations that can serve to complicate it.
Chapter 3. Differential Cost Accounting
Chapter 2 identifies a number of instances where full costs are inappropriate for decision-making, and where a
manager needs to analyze cost behavior. This chapter takes that idea one step further, showing how full costs are
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