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The study of equilibrium when individual agents have no power to influence market-level variables like prices or quantities.

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How to find the General Equilibria allowing for infinitesimal prices?

I know there can’t exist a usual Walrasian Equilibrium when both agents have the same lexicographic preferences: If both agents had the preferences $(x,y) \succeq (x’,y’) \iff:$ $x > x’ \text{ or } ...
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Walrasian Equilibrium in A Simple Assignment (Matching) Model

I am reading Acemoglu 1996 and the Walrasian allocation in section II makes me confused. The setting is following. The economy lasts for two periods and consists of two types of agents, firms and ...
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Equilibrium Uniqueness in a General Equilibrium Framework

I was wondering if anyone had any insight into the conditions that lead to a unique equilibrium in an exchange economy under a general equilibrium framework. More specifically, I know that the two "...
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How to solve the Bertrand model when marginal costs are different and not constant?

Find the equilibrium in the Bertrand model with two firms, with total costs given by: $TC_1(q_1) = \alpha q_{1}^2$ $TC_2(q_2) = \beta q_{2}^2$ Inverse demand is given by $P = A - Q$, where $Q = q_1 + ...
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Simulating a simple economy with ... price-makers? arriving at competitive equilibrium

I'm new to economics and thinking about graduate study. My background is mathematics. I started reading a book on microeconomics by Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green. My goal is to understand how ...
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Show that the long-run supply curve of an increasing cost industry in perfect competition is upward sloping

Many intermediate microeconomics textbooks teach us that in perfect competition, the long-run supply curve of an increasing cost industry is upward-sloping. However, They usually give some hand-waving ...
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Computing the competitive equilibrium from the edgeworth box

Consider the following Edgeworth economy. There are two consumers $i \in {1,2}$ and two goods x and y. Consumer $i$ consumes $(x_i,y_i)$, where $x_i ≥0$ and $y_i ≥0$. Endowments are $ω_1 =(a,0)$ and $...
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Pareto allocations and Competitive equilibrium

Consider the one-consumer one-firm economy. The consumer has preferences over leisure $l\in(0,L)$ and consumption good $x ≥ 0$ represented by utility function $u(x, l) = ax + l$, where $a > 0$ is a ...
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Competitive prices, tax and lump sum cash transfer in case of externalities

An economy is made up of two people. The utility functions are $$u_1(x_{11},x_{12}) = x_{11}x_{12}$$ $$u_2(x_{21},x_{22}) = 2x_{21} + 2x_{22} −x_{11}$$ The initial endowments are $ω_1 = (1,0)$ and $...
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Demonstrating that markets yield productive and allocative efficiency to introductory students

Has anybody come across a nice, intuitive (i.e. neither formal nor technical) way to demonstrate how markets yield both productive and allocative efficiency? I suppose the allocative argument ...
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Competitive equilibrium in a two-person economy with substitutes and complements

Recently came across this question on a microeconomics test and there was something that did not sit quite right with me. In an economy with two agents, A and B, and two goods, milk and honey, the ...
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How is it possible to have perfect balance of supply and demand?

How is it possible to have perfect balance of supply and demand? That is, e.g. the right amount of workforce compared to the amount of work. Background (as asked by Giskard in the comments): It's ...
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Competitive equilibrium: how to define histories on continuous space?

In the usual setup for the competitive equilibrium we have the agent solve: $$ \max_{\{c_i(h^t)\}} \sum_{t=0}^\infty \sum_{h^t} \beta ^t u(c(h^t)) \pi(h^t) $$ subject to constraints, where $h^t$ ...
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Leontif case for Edgeworth box

Consumer 1 has utility $u_1=min\{x_1,y_1\}$, Consumer 2 has utility $u_1=min\{x_1,2y_1\}$, their endowments are $w_1=(a,0)$ and $w_1=(b,0)$ and in this case $a=b$. I know the offer curves look like ...
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Competitive Market - Production & Number of Firms

The question is as follows: The inverse market demand for provision of gas services is given by p(y) = 1/(1+y), where p is the unit price and y measures output in appropriately scaled units. Suppose ...
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General Equilibrium allocation holding fixed a consumer's utility

I'm having some issues with solving this general equilibrium exercise. The way I started off is by assuming that since consumer 2's utility is fixed, he will have a fixed utility function. Then ...
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Uniqueness of Competitive Equilibrium Conditions

I know that if a consumer has strictly convex preferences it may not guarantee uniqueness of CE. I believe that we need monotonicity of preferences as well but would like to hear any thoughts of this ...
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Necessary conditions for the existence of a competitive equilibirum

I got that in an exchange economy, conditions as preferences being continuous, strictly convex and strongly monotone and $\sum_i \omega_i\gg 0$ are sufficient conditions for the existence of a ...
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Can budget lines of two agents containing equilibrium allocations be different?

Consider a pure exchange economy that has two goods and two agents (people). Suppose the initial endowments of person $A$ and $B$ are $(e_x^{A}, e_y^{A})$ and $(e_x^{B}, e_y^{B})$ (resp.) such that $...
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Long run equilibrium price under perfect competition

I have a problem related to Ricardian rent. I have one firm, let's call it X firm, and all of the other firms in the market. All firms have to pay some transportation costs due to their land except ...
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Short, Medium and Long-Run Profit Maximization

Suppose that, in a perfectly competitive industry, the firms' technology have the following cost function: $C(x) = 100 + 3x + 0.04x^2$. Assume the fixed costs are sunken. a) If the demand for the ...
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Heckscher-Ohlin with heterogeneous preferences

could someone really help me out I would need to show a situation in which the Heckscher-Ohlin result does not necessarily hold when preferences are heterogeneous. Does someone have an idea how I ...
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Equilibrium price determination in a 2 commodity framework

Following are the set of equations describing the demand and supply of two goods X and Y: Demand functions: $$X_d = a_1 - b_1P_x + c_1P_y$$ $$Y_d = a_2 - b_2P_y +c_2P_x$$ $a_1,~ a_2,~ b_1,~ b_2,~ ...
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Market price, output that maximize the price and level of firm profit after applying a license fee

I'm currently working on a problem that says the following : At first we had a number N of firms in perfectly competitive industry,the exercice gives us the total cost and the Market Demand with p as ...
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Assumptions for the existence of a Walrasian equilibrium

I have a problem set stating that a competitive equilibrium does exist under a series of assumptions on the economy. The question is "Show that the following six assumptions are needed for existence ...
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Do I understand the second welfare theorem correctly?

As far as I understand, the second welfare theorem says that all Pareto-optimal allocations can be reached by market equilibrium on free competitive markets. Yet it seems that this understanding is ...
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Computing the competitive equilibrium given initial allocation

Suppose that there are two agents, 1 and 2, and two goods, honey (h) and lemon (l), and that the agents' preferences over these goods are defined by the following utility functions: $$u^1(x_h^1, x_l^...
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What's the market equilibrium price for the used good?

On a perfectly competitive market, a buyer wants to buy a used good. He is willing to pay $30$ for a badly used good, and $60$ for a nicely used good. The seller is willing to sell a badly used good ...
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free market equilbrium point, S=D confusion

I am confused over the concept of market equilbriums. let's say there is a firm X, who supplies 100 units in 1 week and the market demand is also 100 units, then Supply = Demand, and resources are ...
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