diminishing returns

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di·min·ish·ing returns

(dĭ-mĭn′ĭ-shĭng)
pl.n.
A yield rate that after a certain point fails to increase proportionately to additional outlays of capital or investments of time and labor.

diminishing returns

pl n
1. (Economics) progressively smaller rises in output resulting from the increased application of a variable input, such as labour, to a fixed quantity, as of capital or land
2. (Economics) the increase in the average cost of production that may arise beyond a certain point as a result of increasing the overall scale of production

dimin′ishing returns′


n.
any rate of profit, production, benefits, etc., that beyond a certain point fails to increase proportionately with added investment, effort, or skill.
[1805–15]
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For example, they link low fertility to increasing opportunity costs of childbearing for women (6,7) and women's financial independence (8), inequality in the household gender roles and decision-making (9), and the spread of individualism and emerging alternative forms of family formation (10,11).
According to population economic theories, low fertility is largely a function of economic insecurity, increasing opportunity costs of childbearing for women (6,7), and increasing women's financial independence (8) through improved education and greater work participation.
On the supply side, increasing opportunity costs in major producing countries will influence a decline in NR supply.