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The Cobb-Douglas function is a commonly used functional form for a firm's production function or for consumers' utility, with a variety of convenient properties.

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Cobb-Douglas Production Function - Finding units of labour to maximise production

Given production function $f(L,K)=16L^\frac{1}{4}K^\frac{3}{4}$, where each unit of labour costs £50 and each unit of capital costs £100 and you have a budget of £500,000. Find the number of units of ...
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how to solve such UMP where utility function is quasi-linear with cobb-douglas function as the non-linear part [closed]

U =$X_1+X_2^aX_3^{1-a}$ $a ∈[0,1]$ $s.t. p·x≤w , x≥0 $ I have tried FOC for x1 x2 x3 and λ, but I cannot get two pairs of equalities separately in order to express two unknowns as a function of ...
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What is α in a Cobb-Douglas utility function?

Sorry if this is not the place to ask, I'm new here. I'm studying economy but I'm struggling to understand the Cobb-Douglas utility function. If we've one such that xt is consumption in period t, and ...
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Does global maximum of CRS Cobb-Douglas profit exist

In most macroeconomic papers it is taken as given that the aggregate prodution function is $Y=AK^{\alpha}L^{1-\alpha}$, and that the optimality conditions for inputs determine input demands: $$ \max_{...
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Cobb Douglas relation with uncompensated law of demand

Does a Cobb Douglas or homothetic function satisfy the uncompensated law of demand?
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Is it true that for Cobb-Douglas preferences, the demand function is always iso-elastic?

As we know that $Q*P=const.$ for Cobb-Douglas preferences, we can thus conclude that $\frac{dQ/Q}{dP/P}$ is always $-1$: $$ QP=const. \implies 0=d(PQ)=Q\ dP+P\ dQ \implies \frac{dQ}{Q}=-\frac{dP}{P} $$...
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Is an income tax always more favourable for consumers compared to ad valorem/quantity tax?

I'm studying the optimal choice of consumers with regards to taxation. I read that for consumers, income tax is generally (for Cobb-Douglas preferences) preferred compared to ad valorem tax: If the ...
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Finding restrictions on parameters for a demand function

I have a question that asks: Let $x_1$ be the quantity of a good 1, $p_1$ the price of good 1, $p_2$ the price of good 2, and $M$ is income. Let $𝑥_1(𝑝_1, 𝑝_2, 𝑀; 𝐴) = 𝐴𝑝_1^𝛼𝑝_2^𝛽𝑀^𝛾$ ...
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Values of A,K,N,a in Cobb-Douglas function expressing GDP

In many basic macroeconomics textbooks a Cobb-Douglas production function with constant returns to scale is used to express the output of the economy as a function of labor and capital: $Y=AK^aN^{1-a}$...
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CES First order Condition with two labour types

I am struggling to derive a first order in this model with Cobb-Douglas production function and CES labour aggregator with two types labour (here male and female, but could be equally low and high ...
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What's special about Cobb–Douglas utility relative to the rest of the CES family?

My question concerns CES utility functions, which have the form $$u(x) = \left(\sum_{j=1}^n a_j x_j^{\rho} \right)^{1/\rho}$$ for utility parameters $a_j$, an elasticity parameter $\rho$, and some ...
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Cobb–Douglas utility maximized by spending a "fixed fraction of income on each good"?

Consider a Cobb–Douglas utility function having the form $$u(x) = \prod_{j=1}^n x_j^{a_j} $$ where $x$ is an allocation vector and $a_j$ are utility parameters with $\sum a_j = 1$. My question has to ...
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References on Cobb-Douglas Function

I am wondering why everybody uses Cobb-Douglas production functions? Nowadays they are so standard that they are just written down without further discussion. Does anybody know more about this and can ...
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Labor Supply- how to do comparative statics?

Consider an economy with a competitive industry where the representative firm's production function takes the form of a Cobb Douglas production function $Y=z K^{\theta} L^{1-\theta}$. $z$ is an index ...
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Neoclassical Two-Sector Model of Endogenous Growth: Getting the consumption growth rate

I'm struggling to derive the growth of consumption from a two-sector model with the traditional Cobb-Douglas function. The model I am speaking about incorporates the fractions used by physical and ...
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CobbDouglas: Constant marginal costs and constant returns to scale

A company has a production function: $$y=x_1^{\alpha}x_2^{1-\alpha}$$ where $0<\alpha<1$. Factor input 1 costs $w_1> 0$ and factor input 2 costs $w_2> 0$. The company wants to minimize its ...
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Production function and elasticity

Let $y=x_1^\alpha x_2^\beta$ where $\beta=1-\alpha$ be a Cobb-Douglas production function. Find the elasticity of the optimal demand functions (for minimizing production cost) for both goods wrt. $w_2/...
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Isn't the parameter A denoting technological progress from Cobb-Douglas already included in alpha and beta?

Does it not follow that if capital is better performing than labor it would be used more frequently? What exactly does parameter A actually mean, then?
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Marginal cost given (Cobb-Douglas) production

My function is $y=x_1^\alpha x_2^\beta$ with $\beta={1-\alpha}$. I found: the minimization problem for demand to be $x_1^{*}(w_1,w_2,y)=\left ( \frac{w_2}{w_1}\frac{\alpha}{\beta} \right )^{\frac{\...
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Elasticity Cobb-Douglas production function

I am given the production function $y=x_1^\alpha x_2^{1-\alpha}$, where $0< \alpha <1$ I found the demand functions for minimum production cost to be $ x_1^{*}(w_1,w_2,y)=\left ( \frac{w_2}{w_1}\...
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Can someone help me prove that the CES function is also a Cobb-Douglass function [duplicate]

I would like some assistance with a problem that I have showing a CES function is also a Cobb-Douglass utility function. Question: we have a CES function: $Y=A[\alpha K^{((1-\sigma)/\sigma))}+(1-\...
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Utility functions and positive monotone transformations

We let $g(z)$ be a strictly monotonous function so: $$\frac{dg(z)}{dz}>0$$ Consumer 1 has preferences given by the utility function $u(x_1,x_2)=ln(x_1)+2ln(x_2)$, while consumer 2 has preferences ...
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Compare taxes Cobb-Douglass and more

Let a utility function for a consumer be defined as $u(x_{1},x_{2})=x_{1}^{1/2} x_{2}^{1/2}$. With the budget $x_{1}p_{1}+x_{2}p_{2}=m$. With values $p_1=p_2=1, m=32$. The state now adds a tax of unit ...
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Estimating $TFP$ using Cobb-Douglas production function

Suppose we want to estimate total factor productivity (TFP) under time series framework. Let assume that the production function is given in the Cobb-Douglas form, i.e. $$Y_t=A_tK_t^\alpha L_t^\beta,$$...
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How was CES utility function derived?

Is there any book/papers that I can refer to the proof (derivation) of the CES utility function? Or if anyone could help me with the derivation, I will be so much grateful to you.
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Are prices part of total factor productivity?

I am trying to understand how production is related to income/profit and where do prices enter. Suppose there is a single firm with a Cobb-Douglas production technology: $$Y=AK^{\alpha}L^{\beta}$$ ...
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How was the Cobb Douglas function derived?

In economics and econometrics, the Cobb–Douglas production function is a particular functional form of the production function, widely used to represent the technological relationship between the ...
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Capital in terms of labor

I have a question that asks to find $\frac{\partial K}{\partial L} $ from $Q=cL^aK^b$, when $Q$ and $c$ are constants. It lists 4 answer choices but I’m just not sure how to approach it. Implicit ...
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CES aggregator for intermediates with heterogeneous productivity

I'm following Atkeson, Burstein (2019 JPE), and cannot understand the aggregation result. There is measure $M(z)$ of firms with productivity $z$, with production function $$ y(z) = z k(z)^\alpha l(z)^...
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Deriving a demand curve from a Cobb-Douglas utility

Probably a daft question but I derived an equation for a demand curve from a general Cobb-Douglas utility function $$U(x,y)=\beta x^{\alpha}y^{1-\alpha}$$ given a budget constraint $$M=xP_x+yP_y$$ and ...
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Optimization problem of a Cobb-Douglas function with 3 inputs

A perfectly competitive firm uses 3 inputs to manufacture a certain product according to the following Cobb-Douglas production function: $$ Q = A L_1^{\alpha_1} L_2^{\alpha_2} L_3^{\alpha_3} $$ ...
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K in the Cobb Douglas function

I'm using the Cobb Douglas production function for a Mathematics investigation into how optimisation works in Economics. The assumption is that the firm require's only one type of capital, that is, a ...
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Cobb-Douglas function homotheticity

I've been given the Cobb-Douglas utility function: $\ u(q_1, q_2)=a\ln q_1+b\ln q_2=q_1^aq_2^b \ $ If I want to prove homothetic preferences, I use the following condition: $\ u(\lambda q_1, \...
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Determine if goods are substitutes or Complements based on demand function

So I have a consumer with a utility function of the Cobb-Douglas form $v(x_1,x_2)=x^{\frac{1}{2}}_1x^{\frac{1}{2}}_2$. From that I constructed the demand function for good 1 and good 2: $x_1=\frac{1}{...
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Derivation of demand function

Hello. I'm graduate student in Japan. This time, what I want to ask is how to solve the profit maximization problem using the image production function and derive the demand function. This ...
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Demand derived from Cobb-Douglas utility, interpretation, check

I derived demand, given a Cobb-Douglas utility function but I am not really sure if I did it correctly. I am especially struggling with the sum signs and the subscripts of $i$ & $j$. It would be ...
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How to Calculate the productivity multiplier?

Given a Cobb Douglas $Y_t = A (K_t^\alpha L_t^{1-\alpha}) $ $ K_{t+1} = sY_t + (1-\delta) K_t$ How do we get the multiplier on productivity to be equal to $ \frac{1}{1-\alpha}$? I understand ...
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Linking top-down and bottom-up models for analyzing electricity price-based demand response: Expenditure constraint is violated?

I have a question about the contents of this paper*, which links a building energy model and a utility-maximization component. In it, the author tests several electricity prices using a Cobb-Douglas ...
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Maximizing a Cobb-Douglas Function

Suppose that a competitive firm receives a price of $P$ for its output, and pays prices of w, r and v for its labor $(L)$, capital $(K)$ and natural resources $(R)$ inputs, respectively. The firm ...
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Is Cobb-Douglas the only output function corresponding to a competitive economy?

Apologies if this is a rather simple question, I appreciate any guidance. $$ Q(K,L) = AK^\alpha L^{\beta} $$ where A is a constant. Identify the conditions on $\alpha$ and $\beta$ for ...
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Interpretation of Interesting Utility Function

Solving introductory microeconomics problems I have come across the following type of utility function: $$ f(K,L) = (\alpha K^{\frac{\sigma - 1}{\sigma}} + (1 - \alpha) L^{\frac{\sigma - 1}{\sigma}})^{...
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Regression on derived consumer preference

I have a data set with some demographics of consumers who bought a product that can be used to imply their preference (beta) using Cobb-Douglas (see comments of original question). I’d like to check ...
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Consumer preference and price in the Cobb-Douglas function

I believe I’m using the most basic version of Cobb-Douglas: $U(x,y)=x^\beta * y ^{(1-\beta)}$. The question I have is: in this example would a consumer’s preference ($\beta$) change if the price of ...
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Heckscher-Ohlin with different technologies

Consider two countries: Home and Foreign that produce two goods, cars and wheat. The production technologies are such that: $q_{c} = K_{c}^{0.5} L_{c}^{0.5}$ and $q_{w} = 0.5 K_{w}^{0.5}L_{w}^{0.5}$ ...
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MRS in Walrasian equilibrium price expression?

I have the utility function $U^A=\alpha ln(x^A)+\beta ln(y^A)$ for consumer $A$ and $U^B=\gamma ln(x^B)+\phi ln(y^B)$ for consumer $B$. They are endowed with $\omega^h_x$ and $\omega^h_y$ of $x$ and $...
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Marginal product of capital net of depreciation

I am trying to understand how marginal product of capital net of depreciation is the following: Given that the production function is quite standard I understand the first term of the marginal ...
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Profit maximization with Cobb-Douglas function

I'm trying to maximize a firm's profit given the production function $F(L,K)=L^\alpha K^\beta$ (where $L$ is labor and $K$ is capital) and that $\alpha + \beta \neq 1$. So, I know that this ...
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Notation of a Cobb-Douglas function printed in 1989

I am trying to understand a paper written back in 1989 about long run population growth. It seems like the PDF is a scanned image of the paper. The notation for the function is on page 11 of the pdf (...
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Growth Accounting with variable factor shares

Under the assumption of competitive markets, the usual growth accounting equation using Cobb-Douglass function is as follows: $\Delta Y/Y = \Delta A/A+w_l\Delta L/L+w_k\Delta K/K$ $Y$ is output $K$...
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Are Cobb-Douglas preferences homothetic?

Our lecture defined a preference to be homothetic, if the following is true: $$(x_1, x_2) \thicksim (y_1, y_2) \Leftrightarrow (kx_1, kx_2) \thicksim (ky_1, ky_2)$$ Cobb-Douglas preferences can be ...