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the study of consumer choice and its fundamental underpinnings in preferences and constraints.

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If I had a new economical theory, how could I share it with academical environments? I call it “algorythmic economy”

If I had a new economical theory, how could I share it with academical environments? I call it algorythmic economy. I have made this same question on Quora. https://www.quora.com/unanswered/If-I-had-a-...
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How to derive consumer expenditures in EMEA 14.2.5

I am working on a problem 14.2.5 from EMEA by Sydsaeter, Hammond and Strom. Consider the consumer demand problem: $$ \max_{x,y} U(x,y) = \alpha \ln(x-a) + \beta \ln(y-b) \text{ s.t. } px+qy=m \tag{*} ...
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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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Approaches in demand analysis

What is the difference between Engel Curve and the system approach of demand analysis?
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Demand function for partially subsumable products

I am struggling with this question that should be simple for economists (I am not an economist at all): There is a market with a limited number of (heterogenous) consumers with two firms, each ...
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How to calculate substitution and income effect when only 1 bundle is given?

I was given information of a consumer that initially consumed 4 units of both good x and good y with the initial price of $5 for both goods (px = py = 5). The initial budget constraint is 40 = 5x +5y ...
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How to prove that a utility function U(x,y)=min(x,2y) is quasiconcave?

I have a question that asks: "Let there be two goods 1 and 2.Let $x$ and $y$ denote their respective quantities.$(x,y)$ represents a bundle. Suppose a consumer’s preferences over bundles in $R^2_+...
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Interior Solution for profit maximisation problem

A function $c: \mathbb{R}^K_+ \xrightarrow{} \mathbb{R}_+$ is is said to be a cost function if The value of function $c$ at $y = \textbf{0}$ is $0$: $c(\textbf{0}) = 0$ $c$ is continuous on the ...
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Looking for an universal utility function

I'm trying to build a computer simulation of an economy which separate simulation for each household and I'm trying to figure out what utility function should I use to model the households behavior. I ...
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What does price embody ? Do we constantly undervalue some type of products?

I'm not sure to fully get the meaning of prices. If I understand well, there are two drivers of it : The theory of demand and supply and thus prices are driven partly by the utility that agents get ...
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Does Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) provide a useful insight into how to manage the economy?

According to advocates of MMT, the primary risk once the economy reaches full employment is inflation, which can be addressed by gathering taxes to reduce the spending capacity of the private sector. ...
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Utility function parameters

I have the following utility function: u($x_1$,$x_2$)=($x_1$+$b_1$)$^c$($x_2$+$b_2$)$^{1-c}$ I'm asked to explain what $b_1$, $b_2$ and $c$ stand for, maybe for c is like a weight of every good. but I'...
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Should free market consumers have the maximum information easily available?

As far as I know, free markets rely on well-informed consumers. If this is the case, shouldn't an efficient free market provide consumers as much information as possible about a product so that the ...
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max{x1,x2} where P1not=p2

I have seen min{x1,x2} functions representing perfect compliments but have never seen a max{x1,x2} function anywhere in my book or lectures, I also have never seen anything about p1 not equaling p2. ...
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General Equilibrium with Perfect Substitutes

I came across the following problem: The quantities of an economy’s only two goods are denoted by $X$ and $Y$; no production is possible. Ann’s and Ben’s preferences are described by the utility ...
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graph of dependent income

I would need help with the following problem about consumer theory. Let us say that $X$ is the amount of days at the sea and $Y$ is the amount of days on the cottage. We have some utility function $u(...
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setting of Lagrangian function

Consider a simple consumer's problem: Max $u(X)$ s.t. $\sum_i^l p_i x_i\leq \sum_i^l p_i w_i$ $w$ is initial endowment. We can set the Lagrangian function to solve this problem. $L=u(X)+\lambda ( \...
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How can I prove that a utility function does (or does not) satisfy diminishing MRS?

I have this CES utility function: $$U(f, c) = (f^\alpha + c^\alpha)^{1/\alpha},$$ with $\alpha > 0$. The problem set asks does it "satisfy the principle of diminishing marginal rate of ...
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Question on General Equilibrium: how to write offer curves?

QUESTION: Consider simple two-person, two-good economy in which agents’ utility functions are given by $U_1(x_{11}, x_{21}) = min\{x_{11}, x_{21}\} $, and $U_2(x_{12}, x_{22}) = min\{4x_{12}, x_{22}\}...
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Correct and complete characterisation of the Walrasian demand function

I would like to propose to you the following problem and my proposed solution. In particular, I am unsure in how to correctly characterize the Walrasian demand. Can you please have a look at it and ...
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Boundary solutions in the Utility Maximization Problem

I'm trying to find boundary solutions for the following utility maximization problem, but i'm unsure on how to proceed. Here is the problem and what I got so far: $ \max x_1^\alpha + x_2 \qquad \text{...
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Budget Set- closed and boundedness

I am fairly new to economics, and we were introduced to budget sets, The professor mentioned that the budget set $B(p,w) = \{x \in R^{l}_{+}: px \leq w\}$ is non empty and closed - I could prove the ...
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When is expenditure function non-decreasing?

I have to find parameters m and d for which expenditure function is non-decreasing and homogeneous of degree 1. My expenditure function is: I think that I should find ∂e/∂p which has to be >= 0 but ...
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Integral solution (or a simpler) to consumer surplus - What is wrong?

Problem Given demand $D(p)=A-ap$, and $A,a>0$ and a fixed price $0<p_1<A/a$ by some company. Calculate the consumer surplus and its derivative with respect to $p$. What is this number? My ...
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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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Certainty equivalence when the utility is semi-continuous instead of continuous

Let $U:\mathbb R^2\to\mathbb R$ be a utility function. If $U$ is strictly increasing and continuous, then it is well known that for any $(x_1,x_2)$ there exists a certainty $(c,c)$ such that $$U(x_1,...
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A question from MWG 2F12

This question is from MWG if walrasian demand function is generated by a rational preference relation then it must satisfy weak axiom. I cannot prove this statement. How can I do?Thanks alot.
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Who were the first economists arguing that utility maximization is the core of rationality and economic behavior?

I am looking for the first economists arguing that maximizing utility function is the iff condition of rational behavior. I've learned that neoclassical economics is founded on this argument. Is this ...
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Elasticity of intertemporal sustitution with composite CRRA function

In the usual CRRA $\frac{c^{1-\sigma}-1}{1-\sigma}$ function we have that the intertemporal elasticity of sustitution $\partial\frac{c_{t+1}}{{c_{t}}{\partial r}}$ is $\frac{1}{\sigma}$. But how can ...
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Proof on weak axiom of revealed preferences

I read the following statement. “ A utility maximizer with strictly convex and strongly monotonic preferences satisfies weak axiom of revealed preferences.” How can I prove or show this? I cannot ...
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Does transitivity qualify as a reason for Indifference curves intersecting each other?

Transitivity in preferences seems as a flawed concept because there might be a situation where A>B, B>C but A<C. Going by this analogy it seems that it does not qualify as a reason for ...
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what is monotonicity and strict monotonicity in preferences?

I am really confused between monotonic preferences and strictly monotonic preferences, I saw some video and read certain answer where it is mentioned that the When preferences are monotone / weak ...
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Understanding the Choice Rule in MWG

I am reading the Microeconomics Theory book by MWG, and I am having a tough time interpreting what things mean to a real life example, so any help would be appreciated. For example, it gave this. ...
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Marginal Rate of Substitution for perfect complements

I have come across the following problem: Determine the marginal rate of substitution MRS(x1, x2) at point (x1, x2) = (5,1) for the following function: u(x1, x2) = min(x1, x2). The solution is that ...
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Why doesn't Nintendo fire up the old factories and re-produce *exact* copies of many of their most popular games, controllers and consoles?

Let's suppose that Nintendo announce tomorrow that they are going to create exact re-releases of the American and European NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 consoles, exactly the same as when they were ...
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Question about Strict Preference Relation

Strict Preference usually states that x is strictly preferred to y if : < x is weakly preferred to y and not y is weakly preferred to x >. Let me split the < > part into two segments: x ...
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Question about an interpretation of the MRS

Given the marginal rate of substitution of $x$ for $y$ : $\frac{u'(x)}{u'(y)} $ I know one can interpret this as the amount of $y$ one is willing to give up for an additional unit of $x$, or the ...
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Proving that Marshallian demand is of the form: $x_i^*(p,I) = \hat{x}_i^*(p)I$ with certain conditions

Can I please have some feedback/help proving the following. My proof is below but I am quite uncertain as to whether my solution is efficient. Thank you. If $u(x)$ is a homothetic utility, then show ...
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What is the relationship between Marshallian demand and Two-Stage Least Squares Estimation Procedure

I was reading Varian, and he gives an example of how to find the quantities demanded using a CobbDouglas utility function with observable data, and a question arose: what is the relationship between ...
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Continuous logit models - random utility with uncountable choice set

This question is about the mathematical foundations of the continuous logit model, as derived in McFadden (1976) (https://eml.berkeley.edu/reprints/mcfadden/math_theory.pdf) and Ben-Akiva et al (1985) ...
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When the global optimal is outside of the constraint set, what will be the demand?

$u:\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ is a quasi-concave utility function so the indifference curves are convex. $a,b\in\mathbb R^n$ are two points. Our budget set is the (one-dimensional) segment $[a,b]$ that ...
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Can implicit costs make every option not worth doing?

I'm new to microeconomics so sorry if this is simplistic, but if an action should only be taken when benefits > costs and opportunity costs are included in cost calculations, how would one deal ...
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Relation between demands of $x, y$ and $z$

Question: Consider a consumer with utility function $U(x,y,z)=y\min\{x,z\}$. The prices of all three goods are the same. The consumer has $100 to spend on these three goods.The demands will be such ...
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Generalizing demand for perfect substitutes utility function

I have the utility function: $U(x_1,...,x_n)=a_0+\sum_{i=1}^{n}a_ix_i\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;a_j\in\mathbb{R}_+ \;\;\forall j=\{0,...,n\}$ (maybe $a_0$ could be zero) $\sum_{i=1}^{n}a_i\in (0,K)\;\;\;$ ...
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Are Cobb-Douglas preferences monotone according to the marginal utility condition?

I understand that Cobb-Douglas preferences represented by $U(x,y)=x^ay^b$ are strictly monotonic, because increasing at least one of the goods in the bundle increases utility. However, another ...
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In an intertemporal (2-period) consumption model, why is the investment rate independent of discount factor?

In lecture, my professor defined the following 2-period consumption model: $c_i = $ consumption in period $i$. $y =$ endowed income in period 1. $r = $ interest rate in perfect credit markets. $h = $ ...
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Lotteries = probability distribution?

Are "lotteries" in the model for choice under uncertainty not just probability distributions?
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Binary-continuous choice model in empirical consumer choices

There are quite a lot empirical research based on discrete choice models, in which the consumer selects one of J alternative goods to maximize her indirect utility. The key assumption of these models ...
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Expenditure function. Prove that this set is bounded

I need to prove that the following set is bounded in order to derive the expenditure function: $e(p,v)=min_x px$ ST $\{x \in R^n_+$ such that $U(x)\geq v\}$. Knowing that $U(x):R^n \longrightarrow R$ ...
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Prove that budget constraint is Lower Hemi Continuos (LHC)

I need to prove that the following constraint is LHC. $B=\{x \in R^n : px\leqslant pw)$ But Im not capable of finding and sequence $\{x_n\}$ such that $x_n \in B(p_n,w_n) \forall n$ and that $x_n\...

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