Questions tagged [microeconomics]

Microeconomics is a branch of economics that studies the market behavior of individual actors (usually firms and consumers) and the aggregation of their actions in different institutional frameworks (usually the market).

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Asymmetric Nash Bargaining

The Nash bargaining solution selects the unique solution to the maximization problem $\max_{s_1, s_2 } (s_1 - d_1) (s_2 - d_2)$ such that the solution satisfy the following axioms : Invariance ...
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Credible Threat in the Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium

Consider a simple game between P1 and P2 shown in Figure 1. We consider a Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium. P1 uses a cutoff strategy based on his $c_1$ that has the Cumulative Distribution Function of $...
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Why marginal revenue must equal marginal cost?

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Expected Utility with expected value and variance

I'm having trouble with a question from Ariel Rubinstein's book, Lecture Notes in Microeconomic Theory. It's the problem 2 from Problem Set 7. Here's the question: Show that the utility function $u(...
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India as center region of foreign powers for storing nuclear and space weapons

India have recently imported many billion dollars worth weapons from a number of foreign countries which are against sanctioned loans.will it not adversely affect India's economy?It seems India is ...
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Integrability of Demand

I wondered if someone would be willing to provide an intuitive presentation of the so-called integrability of demand/integrability conditions. My own knowledge of these conditions is that they're ...
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Under what conditions should the External Rate of Return (ERR) be used instead of Net Present Worth (NPW) and vice versa?

I have just read the concept of both Net Present Worth (NPW) and the External Rate of Return (ERR). This is what I have understood of these two values: NPW is the net discounted value of all the cash ...
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If $X$ is a Giffen good then $Y$ must be a normal good

While going through some problems as part of self-study I encountered the following True/False question: Q. Steven only consumes two goods: $X$ and $Y$. If $X$ is a Giffen good for Steven, then $Y$ ...
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What is the Walras law vs first welfare theorem

As far as I know, both of the first welfare theorem and the Walras law are closely tied to the invisible hand. what is the difference between them? thank you very much for your help
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Envelope Theorem in Hopkins and Kornienko (2010)

This is from Hopkins and Kornienko (2010). In this model, $x$ is investments, $s$ is status, and $y=z-x$ is leisure, where $z$ is endowments. $x(r)$ is the optimal investment, and the relative ...
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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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Are monopolies always price makers?

I have the following True/False question: A single price-taking firm on the market is called a monopoly. As far as I know, a monopoly is a price maker not a price taker. That being said if it is a ...
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Obligations of a company

Any company may "feel" obligated towards several parties at once: its shareholders its employees its customers its partner companies (sub-contractors and suppliers) its country and social environment ...
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robinson economy with production

Facing a little bit of a problem with this questions, did a similar one BUT the utility function was not linear and got MRS dependent on goods (was not just a number) - here I am at a loss. The ...
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WARP implies completeness, transitivity and thus rationalizability. What is wrong with the statement?

Let $A$ be a menu and $R$ be a complete and transitive binary relation. Define choice correspondence generated by $R$: $$c_R(A)=\{x\in A|| xRy \ \forall y\in A\}.$$ Theorem (from Kreps 1988): for ...
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Providing subsidies affects Marginal Private cost but not Marginal Social Cost?

According to the theory that I'm seeing on the internet and in textbooks, when a government wants to correct underproduction due to a positive externality of production, they can decide to subsidize ...
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Decreasing and increasing returns to scale question

Hi, I have deduced that this function exhibit increasing returns to scale but I am not sure how to verify part d. My answer doesn't show that there is decreasing returns to scale but I can't be sure d ...
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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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Emergence of notion “primitive business” in the era of Industry 4.0 and globalization

It has always been the conventional wisdom that businesses should be fit to survive in the market competition, that only the best businesses can survive beyond horizon of several years, that survival ...
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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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wage/productivity, what does it show

I just confused about the fact that does wage/productivity show the wage gap? So if wage/productivity is the wage gap then by the increase in productivity the wage gap should decrease as the ...
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Is truth cheap, and falsehood expensive and volatile? [closed]

Question: In a scenario where data is bought and sold in a double-auction market, will the trading price and volatility of a given piece of data become inversely proportional to its accuracy over ...
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Homogeneity in Marshallian demand function

I have worked out the expenditure function for a Marshallian demand function, R represents a fixed cost and the questions asks about why the expenditure function is unusual. The answer explains it is ...
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Trying to apply in practice the theory of finding the optimal price in a cournot competition

I recently received my bachelors degree in economics. For fun I wanted to try to apply some micro-economic theory of finding the optimal price in a cournot competition. I wanted to do this for a ...
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Which of the following firms can operate in a perfectly competitive industry? [closed]

This was a question in a test. I am looking for an explanation for the answer. Firm A's cost of producing output y > 0 is c(y) = 1 + y Firm B's cost of producing output y is c(y) = y(1-y)^2 Answer: ...
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First order conditions in a Moral Hazard problem

Consider a principal-agent problem where effort is observable. Let $\pi$ denote profit, let $w$ denote the wage to be paid to the agent, and let $f(\pi|e)$ denote the pdf of the profit, conditional on ...
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Stackelberg with 3 firms

I'm currently trying to solve the following problem: Stackelberg with 3 firms Imagine there are three firms on a monopolistically competitive market. The marginal cost of produc- tion in each ...
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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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Supply curve for a competitive firm with constant MC

I know that for a perfectly competitive firm, the supply curve is given by $p=MC \ge AVC$, where $AVC$ is the average variable cost. Now I get really confused when the $MC$ comes out to be a constant....
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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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Numerical Question on a subsidized monopoly

Suppose a government agency has a monopoly in the provision of internet connections. The marginal cost of providing internet connections is $ \frac12$, whereas the inverse demand function is given by: ...
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Proof of monotonocity of preferences

Question from Intermediate Microeconomics by Hal Varian: "We claimed in the text that if preferences were monotonic, then a diagonal line through the origin would intersect each indifference curve ...
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Why is Marginal Cost = Price better than Marginal Cost > Price for maximizing profit? [closed]

Isn't MC>P a better aim? Given the revenue you earn from each unit is more than cost in producing each unit?
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Marginal Cost Calculation issue

I calculated the Marginal cost for the below question. But it seems the results are wrong After coming up with an innovative idea for a new product, you paid 4000 to an industrial designer to draw ...
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Utility Possibility Frontier with two consumers and 3 commodities

I am trying to solve the following problem: Consider a pure exchange economy with three commodities and two households with individual endowments: $$e_1=(1,2,3), e_2=(3,2,1),$$ respectively, and ...
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Calculating Price Elasticity of Demand

Hi I was given the following price vs quantity values. ...
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Why is Walras equilibrium inefficient when we are dealing with public goods?

I know that when we have public goods we have that: $$MRT = MRS_a + MRS_b$$ Though I fail to understand why does this makes Walras equilibrium inefficient. Thank you very much for your help!
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fixed an marginal cost calculation issue

I'm trying to solve a question that is quite difficult for me. I did part of the question but, bit difficult to decide the exact answer for the below question. After coming up with an innovative ...
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General mathematical model of incomplete contracts?

I have read various articles about incomplete contracts, like Hart's papers and Milgrom's papers. But I have not found a paper that defines mathematically, in the most general way possible, what an ...
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Why do some perfectly competitive, loss-making firms shutdown and others don't?

Question: Why do perfectly competitive, loss-making firms that have (AC>AVC>AR) shutdown but Firms that have (AC>AR>AVC) not shutdown? -Both of these types of firms are making a loss. How is it ...
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How to efficiently study and learn Economics?

I read there are a couple of questions asked in this regard, but I am not quite satisfied with the provided answers. I am currently doing my master's degree (expecting to pursue a PhD) in Economics, ...
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Is there really an “efficient equilibrium *price*” with externalities?

In the "Intro to Micro" approach to externalities, I've always felt uneasy as a teacher with the idea that there is something like an "efficient equilibrium" with a single "efficient price". To keep ...
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Is it possible to give , in economics, an example of a relation ( set of ordered pairs) that is not a function?

In mathematics, some relations ( sets of ordered pairs) are not functions. I know economists make use of functions. But do they also consider relations that are not functions. In which branch of ...
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Utility maximization in a 2-good scenario with an option to buy a combo of the two

I am solving the following question: Suppose that we live in a two good world, books (x) and movies (y), with utility function given by $u(x,y)=min(x+2y,2x+y)$. Prices of books and movies are 25 and ...
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Cournot's game profit maximisation first order condition question

My question is about the last part (I attached the rest for context). I don't understand the final line at all. I thought the first order condition would just be to set the derivative = 0. Very ...
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Budget constraint in Radner Sequential Trade Equilibria

Suppose that $q$ is a k-tuple vector of prices for the k assets whose quantities are given by the k-tuple $\theta$. I have just read that in the Radner Sequential Trade Equilibrium (not sure if this ...
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Have any economics papers used unified cure models?

Does anyone know if there are unified cure models (aka split population models) in time-until-employment studies that combine the mixture cure approach with the promotion time approach as described in ...
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Perfectly competitive constant MC Questions [closed]

If I have a market in which I have constant MC, no fixed costs, and perfect competition- when would it make sense for a new firm to enter the market(granted they have the same technology)? Would I ...
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Plotting the isoquant curves

I have the following equation $$Q_1(K, L) = AK^α L^β, A, α, β > 0$$ I'm asked to derive the isoquant curve which yields the following diagram: Could anyone please explain to me how the form of the ...
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How do I use a monopsony (product market) graph to show that a firm has more buying power over a supplier?

For instance, Tesco has more buying power over British farmers. How would I show this on a monopsony graph where Tesco has a surplus?