Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
The opportunity cost of an activity. Implicit costs are what a company or individual could have earned had a different decision been made. For example, suppose an independent consultant has two clients and she spends some time working on the first client's project. The implicit costs are what the consultant would have made had she worked on the second client's project instead. Implicit costs contrast with explicit costs, which are what someone actually spends on an activity. It is also called an indirect cost.
A cost to a business that is not directly related to making a product. For example, market research is an indirect cost because, while it may assist in making decisions about production, it does not affect the production of any one unit. Another common indirect cost is the purchase of office supplies. Indirect costs are necessary to running a business. See also: Direct cost, Overhead.
indirect costssee OVERHEADS.
Costs of construction not directly related to the sticks and bricks. Examples include
• Real estate taxes
• Administrative costs
• Professional fees
• Lease-up expenses