If one has an opportunity to choose between laying out a PCB as either a single-side load (components all on one side, so it goes through reflow only once and requires only one stencil) or a double-side load but using half the PCB area (so twice the number of boards per panel), which cost optimization tends to be more economical?
I've read this question, but there is no accepted answer and the two answers that are present seem to be at odds with each other. One answer shows that single vs. double-sided for the same board resulting in a small savings ($0.161/board), but that answer didn't include a comparison for board area reduction. It did seem to imply that the single vs. double side load cost different is rather small.
The other answer seemed to imply that single-sided assembly was probably the larger cost driver, but then states that it impossible to know without specifics.
Presume that no components require special treatment (i.e. no gluing or hand-soldering - just a bunch of SMD components).