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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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What is the reason behind the demand function of a perfect complement good?

so I know that usually the income curve is equal to: $$x_1p_1 + x_2p_2 = m$$ if we rearrange this equation we get that the demand for good one ($x_1$) is equal to: $$x_1 = \frac{m-x_2p_2}{p_1}$$ None ...
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Why is underpayment so prevalent? (23% of those who are 25 and are entitled to the UK's National Living Wage are underpaid!)?

Context: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/27/one-in-four-uk-workers-covered-national-living-wage-underpaid-low-pay-commission Why is it that employers can seemingly get away without ...
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Supply/Demand Curve Equation (beginner) [duplicate]

The linear demand function is $Q_D = a + b(P)$. I understand from this thread that it can be thought of as a simplification/magnification of the overall demand curve. Is there an equation that ...
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Constant absolute risk aversion and certainty equivalent

I need to prove that Constant Absolute Risk Aversion (CARA) is equivalent to \begin{gather} \int u'(x)dF(x) = u'(c(F,u)) \end{gather} where $u(x)$ is a Bernoulli utility function, $F$ is the ...
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If a weak preference relation is complete and transitive, why is the strict preference relation negatively transitive?

My textbook says that "if a weak preference relation is complete and transitive, the strict preference relation MUST be asymmetric and negatively transitive". Now, I think I understand why it must be ...
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What does it mean when marginal profit is the same due to the “competitive principle”?

I am reading "Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labor" by W.A. Lewis and he states that Though the capitalised sector can be subdivided into islands, it remains a single sector ...
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Why do we have to normalize the income of consumers when working with an Edgeworth Box in a simple trade model with Pareto optima?

I was studying microeconomics and I confess I am not the brightest person for maths and sorry if this is very dumb but I get that we CAN normalize the income and I get where it comes from and how it ...
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indifference curve slope from utility function

in the economics book that I'm reading right now it is written that this utility function: $$u(x_1,x_2) = 2x_1 + x_2$$ yields indifference curves with a slope of $−2$. Could someone please explain me ...
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What does the sun product of price times quantity divided by average price

I have a very simple question, what is the meaning, if any, of this? I.e. Economically what does the following calculation mean? $$ \left(\frac{(Q1\cdot P1)+(Q2\cdot P2)+(Q3\cdot P3)}{Q1 + Q2 + Q3}\...
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Microeconomics, deriving demand equations from utility unction

Utility function: U=X+XY and I=XPx+YPy Good Y is a composite good, so Py= 1 What would be the demand function for good X? I got Mux=1+y and Muy=x and since Mux/Px=Muy/Py 1+y/Px=x/py so that I=XPx+(...
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Marginal rate of substitution(yx) question

For utility function U= ln(x)+Y How do I determine if MRS(yx) is diminishing or not for this question? I got Mu(x)=1/x and Mu(y)= 1 MRS(yx)=Mu(y)/Mu(x)= 1/1/x = x Does this mean that MRS(yx) is ...
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Purpose of a monotonic transformations in utility functions

Based on my economics book, monotonic transformations for a utility function can look something like this: $f(u) = u + 17 $ or even like this: $f(u) = u^3$ That being said what it purpose in the ...
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Why is there so little automation at McDonald's?

I'm currently at a McDonald's in Norway (so, not a country where labour is dirt cheap, even for relatively unqualified jobs), and I'm struck by how manual every process is, from cooking the meat to ...
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Net present value of studying?

Suppose I attend college with 10k tuition fee per year meanwhile I have a part time job for 5k annually. After 3 years, I get a job for 45 years and earn 40k each year. What is my net present value in ...
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By continuity, the upper and lower contour sets of a bundle are closed [duplicate]

Mas-Collel, Winston and Green's Microeconomic Theory (3rd edition), states that the continuity of a preference relation implies the upper and lower contour sets of a bundle are closed. I would like to ...
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Should Company B enter the market in the following cases

Say Company A has a monopoly producing product E, at a constant marginal cost of $3$ USD. Say the ideal number of units produced is $1$ unit which produces a profit of $2$ USD (=$P_{A}$). Next, ...
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Is there a possibility to have an inferior good (x) in a utility function where x & y have 0 cross elasticity?

A question I got on an exam that I think I messed up on: If we have cross elasticity of 0 (x & y are independent), can x be an inferior good? I answered with a yes. Am I wrong?
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Understanding the proof using the mean value theorem

This is from Hopkins and Kornienko (2004) : Running to keep in the same place. The above proof is for the proposition 1 in this paper. I don't understand how the mean value theorem is applied in this ...
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Consumer Preference when Consumer only consumes $A$ or $B$

Let's say Sally either wants to coke or pizza, but never both. I am aware of the standard consumer preferences, such as Perfect Complements as well as Perfect Substitutes. But I have never heard ...
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By what means does prices changes?

The classical supply and demand theory states that prices and quantities of a given good (in a perfectly competitive market) are determined by the supply and demand of that good, a shift in the demand ...
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Question on Finding the Correct Emission Tax $t$

Let there be two companies $U_{1}$ and $U_{2}$ where, initially $U_{1}$ produces and sells $x$ units at $p=18$. Production costs are $C_{U_{1}}(x)=\frac{1}{6}x^3$ and in the process $a$ units of ...
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Minimum wage divided by cost of living?

Is there some commonly known indicator that is defined as: Minimum wage divided by cost of living? I mean, I could call it that way, but perhaps people already have this indicator with a certain ...
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Why are so many pharmaceutical drugs so expensive? [closed]

In the US, the drug sofisbuvir, brand name sovaldir, and used to treat liver disease hepatitis C, was launched with a price tag of $1000 a pill; and in the UK, the manufacturer Gilead recommended a ...
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Logs and percentage change in equation

Suppose I have the following relationship between output $y$, capital stock $k$ and total factor productivity $tfp$, $$\frac{\partial y}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial k}{\partial tfp}*\frac{\partial tfp}...
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Estimation of a Non-linear production function with Non-linear least squares

Suppose that you have to estimate a Non-linear production function (for instance a Cobb-Douglas or a CES) by using Non-linear LS (and hence without log-linearization). You have just aggregate time ...
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Reason for marginal revenue is less than price in monopoly [closed]

I understand the fact that marginal revenue is less than price because in the monopoly firm faces a downward sloping demand curve. As well as, by expanding output firm is going to lower the all the ...
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In a perfectly competitive industry, why is apple considered best example of commodity? [closed]

Out of these options, shampoo apples ice cream hotels Why is apple considered to be the best example of commodity in a perfectly competitive industry? And Why not others?
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microeconmics: can a monopolistic firm be profitable if its marginal revenue is negative?

Statement: If a monopoly is producing a quantity for which its MR is negative, its total profit cannot be positive. Is this statement correct or incorrect, and why? I've read a lot about this, but ...
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Why does the incentive compatibility constraint bind (moral hazard)?

Consider a very basic model of moral hazard with two possible effort levels $e_L<e_H$ and two possible levels of output $y_L<y_H$. If the agent doesn't participate, they get utility of $\bar{u}$....
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Can Direct Taxes on the consumers have a impact on the Demand (rather than supply)?

I'm a 12th-grade student doing a school research paper evaluating the effectiveness of the recent increase in Additional Buyers Stamp Duty in the Singapore Housing market. This tax is directly imposed ...
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Market price, output that maximize the price and level of firm profit after applying a license fee

I'm currently working on a problem that says the following : At first we had a number N of firms in perfectly competitive industry,the exercice gives us the total cost and the Market Demand with p as ...
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The Crisis of Argentina

newbie here. Q1 - What needs to be done by the Argentinian government for their currency to regain back its strength? Q2 - Why has the Argentine Peso depreciated against the U.S Dollar for more than ...
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Calculating expected tenure of a customer

In his How To Project Customer Retention, Fader computes the expected tenure of a customer according to $$E = \sum_{t=0}^{\infty}S(t)$$ where $S(t)$ is the Survival Function. From a purely ...
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Transformation of random variables and second order stochastic dominance

Suppose X and Y are two random variables where X SOSD Y. Let g(•) be a monotonic function and X'=g(X) and Y'=g(Y).Under what conditions of g, X' SOSD Y'? I know if g is linear SOSD property is ...
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Economic interpretation of a CES production function

I am following a paper where a production function of this type is used. $$Y=\left [\beta K^{- \rho}+\alpha \eta \left (\frac{K}{L} \right )^{-c(1+\rho)}L^{- \rho} \right ]^{-1/\rho}$$ It is a ...
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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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Homothetic preferences from indirect utility

Consider an indirect utility function on the form $v^{i}(\textbf{p},w^{i}) = a^{i}(\textbf{p}) + b^{i}(\textbf{p})w^{i}$ Where $\textbf{p}$ is a vector of prices and $w$ denotes income of ...
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Basic question about why supply/demand should move to the equilibrium price?

This is probably an extremely basic question, however I'm still unclear about the answer. In a typical supply and demand curve graph, such as the equilibrium price is said to be the only price ...
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Best Response Functions for Cournot

For a Cournot Duopoly game with Linear Demand functions, we need to find the optimal quantity of each firm such that profit is maximised. Given the linearity of the Demand curves, we will obtain a ...
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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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Real world examples of supply curve shapes

I get the basic intuition that at higher prices, produces would be willing to produce more, but I feel like theory can only take my understanding so far. I want to know what are the real world ...
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Elasticity of substitution between leisure in two periods

This is a basic question, but I am new to macro models. The question is from Romer's text. Assume a household only has one member and has no initial wealth, and the household lives for two periods. ...
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How to calculate the intercept of an indifference curve in an Edgeworth box?

Consider an exchange economy with two goods (Good 1 and 2) and two individuals ($A$ and $B$): $A$'s utility function is $u_A(x_{A_1}, x_{A_2}) = 2x_{A_1} + 5x_{A_2}$ $B$'s utility function is $u_B(...
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Monthly price elasticity and possibility of using daily values

I am calculating the price elasticity as a starting point to find a theoretical optimal price that would maximize our revenue. I am looking at 2 years data and to use the price elasticity formula, I ...
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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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Non Collusive Cournot Duopoly model with two firms, zero costs and linear demand curve

I am reading Modern Microeconomics by Koutsoyiannis. In a Non Collusive Cournot Duopoly model with two firms, zero costs and linear demand curve. Firm A produces half the total market demand to ...
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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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Short-run and Long-run cost against the price of the variable input

This is an image of page 133 of Microeconomics; Gravell and Rees.In the fourth line there is a statement about the slope of those curves. Can anyone please explain me the reason??
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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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Implication of the concavity of u

Suppose that we have the following inequality: $u( y- d) - u(y-d') \ge u(y' - d) - u( y' -d')$. The concavity of $u$ together with $y\le y'$ then implies that $d \le d'$. I sometimes come ...