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As a manager of a financial planning business you have two financial planners, Phil and Francis. In an hour, Phil can produce either one financial statement or answer 8 phone calls, while Francis can either produce 2 financial statements or answer 10 phone calls.

Does any person have an absolute advantage in producing both products? Should these two planners be self-sufficient (each producing statements and answering phones) or specialize? Be sure to show your work.

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As we can see from the numbers above, Francis has absolute advantage in producing both products.

Both of them should specialize in one of the tasks, so that there is overall benefit to the organization.

Francis should specialize in producing financial statements. Phil should specialize in answering phone ...

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As a manager of a financial planning business you have two financial planners, Phil and Francis. In an hour, Phil can produce either one financial statement or answer 8 phone calls, while Francis can either produce 2 financial statements or answer 10 phone calls.

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