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The application of mathematical methods to represent theories and analyze problems in economics.

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How accurate is duality?

In economic theory we know that with the use of some calculus, Hotellings Lemma and Sheppards lemma we can derive a given firms supply function and in term its Profit function. With data of a given ...
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Modern theory of integrability of demand?

I am aware of Hurwickz Uzawa work in integability, neatly summarized by Border http://people.hss.caltech.edu/~kcb/Notes/Demand4-Integrability.pdf I am wondering if there is any modern treatment of the ...
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Calculus and Indifference Curves in an Urban Economics Example

I am reading the paper 'The Structure of Urban Equilibria' by Jan Brueckner. It uses a monocentric city model, where all consumers earn income $y$ at the centre of the city. They buy $q$ housing for ...
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Local and Central Wage Bargaining: What Is the Difference?

Consider the following setting: Profit maximizing firms with production functions $\Pi(w,L)$, where $w$ is the wage and $L$ is employment. Unions who want to maximize the expected utility of their ...
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Show that $W_t - \int_0^t \xi_s ds$ is forward-measure-Brownian

Definitions and stuff: Consider a filtered probability space $(\Omega, \mathscr F, \{\mathscr F_t\}_{t \in [0,T]}, \mathbb P)$ where $$T > 0$$ $$\mathbb P = \tilde{\mathbb P}$$ This is risk-...
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Uniform bounds on rate of merging for Bayesian learners

Update. Cross posted at Cross Validated. In a well-known paper, Blackwell & Dubins (1962) show that the posterior probabilities of two Bayesian agents, whose priors agree on events of measure $0$,...
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Simulations Using Binomial Coefficients

In closed loop toy models with a fixed money supply, what are the downsides of calculating probable outcomes with a binomial coefficient? For example, given a toy economy where trades yield a profit ...
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Afriat theorem for negative goods

GARP and Afrait theorem assume that the alternative $x\in\mathbb R_+$ is always positive. In some economic contexts, such as financial choices, the attribute can be negative. I wonder if we can ...
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How to econometrically identify perfect complements in production?

The production $$f(x_i,...,x_n)=\min\{x_i,...,x_n\}$$ is pretty straight forward and usually with smaller size data sets and can usually be picked up on rather quickly in an intuitive sense. ...
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Does a determinant ever have its own interpretation in economics?

I know there are applications of determinants in economics to compute equilibrium, aide in identifying profit maximisation/cost minimisation and in calculating elasticity of substitution. However, is ...
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Common knowledge in model formulation and solution

Economics models usually assume that the structure of the economy is common knowledge among agents. Mathematically, an event is common knowledge if it lies in the meet of all agents' information ...
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References on mathematically rigorous general equilibrium theories

I'm looking for a relatively recent survey on the state of the art for mathematical general equilibrium. I'm especially interested in questions of uniqueness, stability and dynamics. (I'm planing on ...
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On the uniqueness of utility functions for both risk and time

I have a question regarding the uniqueness of preference functionals under risky and dynamic settings. Two well known models to represent preferences for both settings are the Expected Utility Model ...
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Criticism of “Modern Political Economics” by Varoufakis, Halevi, Theocarakis

The book "Modern Political Economics" is quite critical about "neoclassical economics", the basic claim being, if I understand correctly, that the models which "neoclassical economics" (armed with ...
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Linear Homothetic Utility

A Homothetic Utility is where $$ \forall x,y, \forall a \in \mathbb{R}_+: \ u(ax,ay)=au(x,y) $$ (or its monotonic transformation). A linear Homothetic utility is defined as $$ \forall x,y, \forall ...
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Existing metric for personal productivity hours needed per life hour?

With about 50 hours of productivity a week, including work, cooking, etc. I can complete the tasks and pay the expenses necessary to live about a week. Subtract maybe 5 hours of labor that goes into ...
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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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Open Foundational Problems in Mathematical Economics

What are some open problems in mathematical economics which are treated as if they have been solved in economics papers? As an example, one of my teachers has previously pointed out to me that there ...
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Mathematically optimal age to begin drawing Social Security retirement benefits as a function of expected life span?

So, for most of us Americans, our official retirement age is 66 and we get 100% of our retirement benefits. If we delay retirement, that benefit increases by 8% each year (up to age 70) and if we ...
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A theoretical/mathematical approach to cost-benefit analysis and cost-utility analysis in health economics

I am looking to get some resources looking at health economics from a pure mathematical point of view, ie developing models using partial differential equations or complex analysis. In particular, I ...
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Solving this system of ODE

I have the following system of equations $$ \rho V(u, \epsilon^i) = F(u, \epsilon^i) + V_u(u, \epsilon^i)g(u, V(u, \epsilon^i) + \lambda^i \left(V(u, \epsilon^{-i}) - V(u, \epsilon^i)\right)$$ with $...
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Ultrafilters in Social Choice Theory Literature Request

I am an undergraduate math major who is intrigued about social choice theory. I am in the early stages of planning my senior project and was wondering if anybody had some recommendations of literature ...
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Neoclassical Economic Growth Model Shadow Price for Discrete vs Continuous Time

I recently learned about the neoclassical growth model in both discrete and continuous time. The intuitive meaning of the shadow price for both cases is that it represents the value of one additional ...
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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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Showing that a market model has arbitrage and describing martingales

This is an exercise which I came upon while studying an introduction to financial mathematics. Exercise : Consider the finite sample space $\Omega = \{\omega_1,\omega_2,\omega_3\}$ and let $\...
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Mean Field/Differential Game and Measurability

Consider the following scenario. There is a continuum of players in a population, with population measure normalized to $1$. Each player has a type $\theta \in [0,1]$ and we suppose that $\theta$ is ...
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Use of the Lagrangian in empirical work

In my own studies I have noticed that many of the constrained optimization type questions that are often covered in intermediate/advanced microeconomics courses are seldom seen in more empirical types ...
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Second order condition for symmetric game

Denote by $i \in \{1, \ldots, n\}$ an economic agent. Let $\mathbf x \in \mathbb R^n$ denote a vector of actions and $x_i \in \mathbf x$ a typical element. Let further $f_i : \mathbb R^n \to \mathbb ...
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Visualising eigenvectors/values

This might seem like an odd question but seeing as I haven't had any formal education in solving ratex models yet, it is something I have been thinking about a lot recently. Consider the following ...
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Question on a sufficient condition of contractiveness of best reply functions in Vives (1999)

I have trouble in understanding why a sufficient condition that a best reply function is a contraction. The following is a screenshot of Xavier Vives's Oligopoly Pricing: Old Ideas and New Tools from ...
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Bayes Nash Equilibrium in a game with continuous actions

I am attempting to think through a particular type of game with continuous strategies, with Bayes Nash equilibrium as the solution concept. I first describe the game below, followed by questions. ...
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What model did the MONIAC use?

Phillips designed a hydraulic computer to model the UK economy in 1949; 12-14 copies were built. What model did it compute with? How have modern models of the UK built on that work?
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Euler's Homogenous Function Theorem with elasticity

I'm currently reviewing my prof's slides in preparation for an exam. In one of them, he talks about Euler's Homogenous Function Theorem: Let $f(x_1, x_2, ..., x_n)$ be a function homogenous in ...
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Fisher Separation with negative interest rate

In class we discussed Fisher Separation which states that the investment decision is independent of the financing decision. The optimality conditions are that MRS = MRT = (1+i) (i = interest rate). ...
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Are there any models which allow to calculate a discount?

I want to progressively calculate a discount based on the amount of product sold. Are there any models which allow to take into account different type of products and can calculate the discounts based ...
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First and Second Order Lagrangian-Multiplier Conditions for Optimization

The Statement of the Problem: Let $f,g$ be two functions on $\mathbb R^n$ and assume $\nabla f $and$ \nabla g$ are nonzero everywhere. Write the first and second order Langrangian-multiplier ...
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How this ex ante game induce a uniform distribution for interim stage?

In an article (see here) from the blog leisure of theory class, it is shown, in an interim stage for a Baysian game, we could run into a technical problem that the induced belief space for a player ...
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Test Series for Stationary Process

I want to apply grangers' Test between GSDP and Electricity production in the state. The state is a newly formed in the year 2000 and hence I have only 13 data points, as mentioned below Year | ...
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derive value function from utility function

We have the utility function. $$U_{t} = \ln{c_{t}} + E_{t}\sum_{s=1}^{\infty}(\beta^{s}\ln{c_{t+s}})$$ And I am trying to find the value function. $U$ is utility function. $c_t$ is consumption at ...
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Elasticity of substitution

So, this is an economics question but the problem I have is a pure math problem I guess. So I have the following equation:f(x,y) this function have the elasticity of substitution(EOS): 1/(1-beta). a,...
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What guarantees that endowed agents have non-zero prices in an Arrow-Debreu Economy

In my research I am trying to find minimal conditions to guarantee a quasi-equilibrium must always be a typical Arrow-Debreu equilibria in a rather specific production setting. This may be rather ...
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Quasilinear utility: if $x \succeq y - ae_1$, does it mean $x + ae_1 \succeq y$?

Quasilinear preference is defined to be: $x \sim y \Rightarrow x+ae_1 \sim y+ae_1$ and $x + ae_1 \succ x$ with $e_1 = (1,0,0,...)$, Given a quasilinear preference, if f $x \succeq y - ae_1$, does ...
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Supporting Hyperplane Theorem and quasiconcave utility function

My notes says that if $u(.)$ is strictly quasiconcave and differentiable, by the supporting hyperplane theorem, there exists $p >>0$ and $w \geq 0$ such that $ x = x(p,w)$ $\forall x$. I am ...
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Index of an Excess Demand Vector

Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green, in Microeconomic Theory (third edition), postulate the concept of an index for an excess demand vector, which is later used in the Index Theorem: A regular equilibrium ...
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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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What experiment could I run in order to test the 'Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives' axiom?

I need some help in designing an economics experiment to test the IIA axiom. My understanding of it is if you rank A above B then if you introduce C or D, you must still always rank A above B in any ...
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On complements and substitutes with a CES function

Define the CES function $q : \mathbb R_+^n \to [0,1]$ by \begin{align} q(x) = \left[\frac{1}{n}\sum_{j=1}^n{x_j^\frac{\sigma-1}{\sigma}}\right]^\frac{\sigma}{\sigma-1} \end{align} where $x \in \mathbb ...
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Symmetric Cournot equilibrium: suffciency without second order conditon

Let $q_i \in Q = \mathbb R_+$ denote the quantity produced by firm $i \in \{1,2\}$. Further let $\pi_i(q_1,q_2) = (1-q_1-q_2)q_i$ denote the profits of $i$. A Nash equilibrium $(q_1^*,q_2^*) \in Q^2$ ...
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Is there such a thing as resonance in economic underliers?

In physics the occurence of resonance is explained and widely understood in its linear form and subject to research in nonlinear resonance. Example for instance are resonant frequencies of objects. ...
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Existence of the general equilibrium

In the proof of the existence of the Walrasian equilibrium, there is a map defined using the Max map. Why this map is defined in this way?I am reading " Microeconomics; Gravelle, Rees". On page 257 ...