Chain base index

Definition:

For this type of index, a value in any specific time period is based on the value of the same entity in the preceding period. Changes in values can be compared between sequential time periods. This differs from a fixed base index in which values in any period are based on the initial value. See: Fixed base index, Index number

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Variable cost

A cost that is directly proportional to the volume of output produced. When production is zero, the variable cost is equal to zero.

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