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### What's wrong with the “airline marginal cost pricing” argument?

This is a very common argument found in introductory classes and texts. Here's Mankiw's version: Thinking at the margin works for business decisions as well. Consider an airline deciding how much to ...
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### Understanding the shape of a Marginal Cost Curve

My class IB has just discussed allocative efficiency and hence consumer and producer supply. They explained the concepts with a diagram like this: It all made perfect sense to me until it was ...
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### Homothetic preferences and utility functions

I know that if you have homothetic preferences and a utility function that represents it, then this utility function must present constant Marginal Rate of Substitution (MRS). My question is whether ...
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### Is MRS supposed to have a minus sign or not? What's there to say about convexity of preferences?

If we have a utility function $U(x_1, x_2) = x_1(x_2+1)^2$ of some consumer, then $$MRS_{x_1, x_2} = \frac{\color{red}{-}(x_2+1)}{2x_1}$$ Some books have a $\color{red}{-}$. Others and Wiki don't ...
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### Can marginal revenue be increasing?

As per my calculations, the derivative of the MR curve is given by: $MR'(q)=2p'(q)+qp''(q)$, where $p(q)$ is the inverse demand curve. Therefore,for a downward sloping demand curve, if the second ...
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### Is it true that if marginal cost is constant, then average variable cost is also constant and equals marginal cost?

I'm inclined to think yes because marginal cost only depends on variable cost (fixed costs don't matter), but I'm not 100% certain. Basically, my thought process is that marginal cost of producing one ...
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### Derive the cost function and supply function from production function

I didn't study economics, but am quite interested in the topic. I came to the question whether I could derive the supply curve / marginal cost function from the production function and I actually ...
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### How should I calculate bulk selling price for a small business?

Some friends of mine run a small business, in a small garage-like space, with a few employees, making and selling "plumbuses". The typical customer orders about 5 plumbuses at a time. When I heard ...
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### Demand curve is same as Marginal Benefit curve?

Demand curve is same as Marginal Benefit curve [Source: Microeconomics by Pindyck & Rubinfeld, Chapter 10, Section 5 - Monopsony]. I have only seen intuitive explanations for this statement. Can ...
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### When can I say that a utility function has constant marginal utility?

Does this utility function have increasing/decreasing or constant marginal utility? $U(x,y) = x^2 y^2$ Now, $f_x = 2xy^2$, $f_{xx} = 2y^2$, $f_y = 2yx^2$, $f_{yy} = 2x^2$ $f_{xx}$ has no ...
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### Is it considered acceptable or unacceptable to use currency as a measure of utility?

There will always exist at least one economist who condones measuring utility in US dollars and another who does not. However, I am wondering which way the majority of contemporary economists lean. ...
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### How is marginal benefit measured?

In my economics class, we're learning about the production possibilities frontier, marginal benefits, and marginal costs. The book uses the example of a company that can choose between producing colas,...
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### Monopoly: Demand Curve and Marginal Revenue Curve Intercepts

I'm doing an introductory economics course, having never done economics before. In our topics, we covered monopoly and the principle that the marginal revenue slope is twice that of the demand slope. ...
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### Piketty's explanation of elasticity of substitution (from his book Capital in the 21st century)

I have some trouble following the explanation of the elasticity of substitution between capital and labor and its implications on p189. Take this part: The relevant question is whether the elasticity ...
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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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