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Consumer Theory question

You plan to use the following specification for an empirical study: $$e_i = \alpha_i + \sum_{i=1}^{n} \beta_{ij}p_i + \gamma_iy +\delta_i, i=1,...,n$$ where $e_i$ is the consumer's expenditure on ...
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Is there any evidence for consumer utility-maximising behaviour, at individual or market level?

Even though utility maximisation is ubiquitous in economic textbooks to model consumer behaviour, its usefulness is rarely demonstrated by evidence. Is there any evidence that some consumers do ...
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Log Utiliy Function Trick

I am watching Lecture 3 of Yale's Financial Theory Lecture (by John). At about minute 50 he explains something along this line (with reference to log utility functions). MUx/Px=MUy/Py And ...
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Derive demand function $x(p,w)$ from utility function $u(x) = \min\{x1, x2\} + x3$

I know how to solve the two-good case with $u(x) = \min\{x1, x2\}$, but the addition of $x3$ confuses me. Problem Derive the demand function $x(p,w)$ from $u(x) = \min\{x1, x2\} + x3$ What I did ...
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Index Theorem for Regular Infinite-Agent Economies

A formulation of the Index theorem states that for a regular economy: $\sum_{p | z(p) = 0, p_L = 1} index p = +1$ Does this hold for models with uncountably many agents?
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Prove that $h(p,u) = \nabla_p e(p,u)$ is implied by Roy's identity

I am struggling a bit with the math in my first graduate microeconomics course. I'm not sure if this belongs here. If it doesn't, please direct me to a more appropriate place. Below is one question ...
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CPI Bias with consumers using computers extensively

I was studying Microeconomics from Microeconomics by Pindyck and Rubinfeld where it was written that CPI calculated on Laspeyres index has overstated the cost of living for consumers who use computers ...
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Identifying utility function

I recently came across a utility function with min written at the start. I assumed that it was a case of a leontief utility function, and only after going ahead with the problem I found out that it is ...
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Indifference Curves and Preferences

Why are averages preferred to extremes on the same indifference curve? Doesn't everything along an indifference curve have the same preference?
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Difference between Engel curve and income expansion path

I was scrolling through many questions on this site about income offer path and it appeared to me that income offer path, income expansion path, engel curve all are different terms with same meaning, ...
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Set Theory Properties of the Budget Constraint

In Microeconomic theory, the budget constraint is defined by 4 distinct properties: It is Bounded Closed Convex Non-empty The 1. 2. and 4. are very straight forward and the benefits in terms of ...
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Difficulty Understanding CPI (Consumer Price Index)

Here's a question about CPI in my microeconomics text (Pindyck), which I don't seem to understand: The price of computers has fallen substantially over the past two decades. Use this drop in price ...
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Opportunity Cost effect on benefits

My question is the following: Let's say a person has two career choices. He would be succesful in both, but in one of them he is slightly better and thus he will do better. So let's say career A will ...
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Assumption of sufficient wealth in quasi-linear preferences

Whenever we talk about quasi-linear preferences, we assume that the consumer is sufficiently wealthy. As far as I understand is that we need that assumption in order to obtain an interior solution. ...
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Is there a proof for composite commodity theorem?

I have been reading Economics and Consumer Behavior by Angus Deaton and John Muellbauer, specifically reading up on Composite Commodity Theorem, which states: if prices move in parallel to each ...
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Asymmetric (in sign) cross-price derivatives in consumer-theory problem

I'm puzzled why, in the following optimal-choice problem, good $x$ depends on price $p_y$ but the opposite is not true. Should not the sign of $\frac{\partial x}{\partial p_y}$ be the same of $\frac{\...
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The mathematical proof of a monotonic utility transformation does not restrict the use of strictly decreasing monotonic functions. Why bar them?

I understand from an intuitive sense that decreasing monotonic transformations will skew the choices and ordinality. But mathematically the $F'(U(x,y))$ just cancels out each other out in numerator ...
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A weaker definition of local non-satiation can also imply indifference “curve”

Let $u$ be a continuous utility function on $\mathbb R^2_+\setminus\{0\}$. Consider the following three conditions: Local non satiation says that for any $x \in X$ and $\epsilon > 0$, there exists ...
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What is the iff condition for a preference with linear Engel curves (all Engal curves are linear)?

If we restrict the consumption at $\mathbb R_+^n$, then it seems like we are implicitly assuming that the Engel curve pass through the origin, so the iff condition would be homothetic preference. ...
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Household utility functions

In basic consumer theory, there is an individual consumer who has a utility function, this function induces the individual's demand (given budget and prices), and this in turn determines the ...
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Independence Axiom for Linear Utility - Who proved this first?

Who first proposed the following axiomatization of linear utility using Independence? I remembered that it was Debreu but I am not so sure. What was the first paper proving this? Consider a ...
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Finding the optimal consumption bundle given the strictly concave utility function $v(x,y) = U(x) +y$?

I am also finding it difficult to understand what are the fundamental differences between analysing optimal bundles between concave and convex functions ? Does it also happen that the optimal bundle ...
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How can i determine the homogeneity degree of Stone Gaery function? [closed]

I dont know how to demonstrate homogeneity degree of this function $(X-\alpha)^{\beta}(Y)^{1-\beta}$ Any idea? Thanks.
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Do you know any paper that discuss the effect of the deterrence of fines of individuals' behaviours? What is the difference between a fine a fee?

According to Gneezy and Rustichini the presence of an extrinsic reward in activities with a level of intrinsic motivation (e.g. volunteering) reduces intrinsic motivation, thus it may determine ...
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Market baskets: cross-border comparisons

The concept of a market or consumer basket is quite intuitive. I assume a market basket for a given country tells for which goods an average person spends how much of her money. To be able to compare ...
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Is the price-quantity diagram fundamentally wrong?

I have wondered about the following diagram: which shows a relationship between Price (Preis) and quantity (Menge). The supply (Angebot) curve is rising with the amount; the demand (Nachfrage) is ...
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Substitution effect when price of both goods change by the same percentage

I am trying to grasp the concept of income- and substitution effects. The way, I've understood it, the decomposition bundle is found, at the original indifference curve, where the slope equals that ...
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How are preferences related to relative prices?

For instance, across regions of a country or between countries. Is that different preferences for food lead to distinct relative prices in different regions or countries? Or is it the other way ...
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GARP and SARP assumed mononticity?

Monotonicity means the decision maker prefer more goods than less. It is not mentioned in textbook that SARP and GARP preasumed monotonicity. GARP: if $a$ is indirectly revealed preferred to $b$, ...
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How is patience modelled?

How is consumer patience modelled? My first thought was "discount factors, but the problem is that it doesn't seem to capture the intuitive notion of what being patient means. For example, the ...
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Number of items per consumer in a period (German supermarkets)

I'm trying to find some figures, however I cannot come up with a correct formulation, or lack of information in this field. I need the statistics of how many items are sold per receipt (avg) in ...
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Question about Locally non-satiated preferences

If a consumer has locally non-satiated preferences, which of these 2 bundles is preferred and why? Bundle A: (1,3) Bundle B: (4,2) This is what I've reasoned from my very limited understanding of ...
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Optimal choice for a weird leontief function

Compute the optimal choice for a consumer with the following utility function: $$u(x_1, x_2) =\max \{\min(2x_1, x_2), \min(x_1, 2x_2)\}$$ I'm familiar with computing optimal choice for perfect ...
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Imperfect Substitutes and Utility Funcitions

The utility function for perfect substitutes is defined as U(X,Y) = aX + bY. If the two goods X&Y are imperfect substitutes what would be their utility function?
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What is the difference between ordinary income effect and endowment income effect?

As far as I understand: Ordinary income effect: A change in the price of good 1 will affect my future behaviour (the quantities that I will buy of good 1 and good 2). But it doesn't really affect my ...
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Is the Hicksian demand curve steeper or flatter than Slutsky demand?

Putting price on the vertical axis and quantity on the horizontal axis, is the Slutsky demand steeper or flatter than the Hicksian demand curve? If I calculate the Slutsky and Hicksian substitution ...
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Budget lines and Indifference curves: How do you figure where exactly you should draw the IC tangent to a budget line?

In Consumer Choice, we frequently encounter budget lines and indifference curves. For a given budget line, the optimization point is at the point where the indifference curve is just tangent to the ...
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Example of a rational and continuous preference relation that does not admit a utility representation

It is well-known that a rational, continuous and monotone preference relation $\succeq$ defined on $\mathbb{R}^L$ admits a utility representation. I would like to understand why monotonicity is ...
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what is $b(p)$ in the Almost Ideal Demand System?

In Hal Varian's Microeconomic analysis (page 213) he discusses the Almost Ideal demand system. There he describes the AIDS system as follows: The almost ideal demand system (AIDS) has an ...
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Consumer behaviour [closed]

If the last dollar spent on commodity X gives him less marginal utility, he will withdraw this amount from X and spend it on Y if it gives him higher marginal utility. Here consumer how can consumer ...
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Imperfect substitute

Perfect substitute- Pepsi and Coca-Cola and Imperfect substitute- Tea and Coffee . Here why tea and coffee considered imperfect substitute?
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feature of indifference curve [closed]

The characteristic feature of indifference curve is that it will not touch the X axis or Y axis. But as a special case it will touch the Y axis if the combination is between Money and Commodity. "If ...
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Differences between Slope of budget line and MRS?

Slope of budget line= change in y/ change in x and also Marginal rate of substitution= change in y/ change in x. If the definitions are same of both then what is the difference between the two? I ...
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If the consumer is not a price taker, does she still set marginal rate of substitution equal to the price ratio?

Consider some consumer who consumes good $x$ and $y$. The price of $x$ is fixed to be $k$. The price of $y$ is $c(y)$. The consumer's marginal rate of substitution is given by $\frac{-x}{y}$. If the ...
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Proof for homogeneity of elasticities

Throughout microeconomic literature i see the following restiriction placed on the nature of elasticities in demand system estimation. This being for some arbitarary good $x$ we require price ...
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Is utility in neoclassical economics a circular argument/concept?

Neoclassical economics as a utility function that represents a consumer's preference ordering over a choice set. Joan Robinson criticized utility for being a circular concept: "Utility is the ...
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Strongly and strictly increasing utility functions

What's the difference between Strongly and strictly increasing utility functions? What I know is that if $x'>>x $ where $x'$ has all elements strictly greater than $x$ then $U(x')>U(x)$, I ...
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Sunk cost fallacy- is it a bug or a feature?

I was having a conversation with a colleague regarding sunk costs, and discussion came up that the appeal of falling for the sunk cost fallacy might be a feature rather than a flaw, as it is behavior ...
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What does it mean to have a strictly increasing transformation in consumer theory? [closed]

We're discussing utility functions
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Whats the difference between local non-satiation and monotonicity?

Is there a practical difference between local non-satiation and montonicity? Can one exist in a utility function without the other?