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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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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?
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Is First Order Stochastic Dominance (FOSD) relation convex?

A convex relation is that $x\succeq y$ implies $\alpha x+(1-\alpha)y\succeq y$. Let $>_{FOSD}$ be $\succ$, is the FOSD convex? Intuitively it seems convex.
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Cournot competition subgame perfect Nash equilibrium with two products

QUESTION: Assume there are two types of products, labelled $l$ and $n$. Firms compete in the market by choosing which product to sell and then choosing the quantities. Let $Q_n$ and $Q_l$ denote the ...
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How do you reconcile the Law of Increasing Opportunity Costs and Economies of Scale?

Marginal cost of production always increases, while marginal benefit of production decreases. As far as I understand, that is why the supply curve has positive slope and the demand curve negative ...
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Are that models that explain how companies become more efficient?

I'm trying to model/understand the following intuition: Company makes a product Product gets sold, company makes a profit Company does something with the profit to become "better" at what they do: ...
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Perfectly competitive firms. Economies of scale

My textbook says the following: "Perfectly competitive markets only achieve productive efficiency if you assume that there are no economies of scale in the industry." Why is this the case? And by "...
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The beta delta model

What is the $\beta$-$\delta$ model? How does it relate to present bias and the present value calculation?
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Bayesian Nash Equilibria: Strong and Weak Types

I need a little help with the question. I understand that since both players have two types each, there will be 4 different payoff matrices to be considered, $(S,S)$,$(S,W)$,$(W,S)$,$(W,W)$, each type ...
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Are there multiple equilibria in the second price auction?

Suppose that $n\geq 2$ bidders compete in a second price auction. Each bidder $i$ knows their own valuation $v_i$, but only knows the distribution generating the valuations of the other players. ...
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Deriving demand function from utility function

How do I derive the demand function from $$U=y + 2\sqrt{x}$$ Currently I have $MRS = \frac{1}{\sqrt{x}} = \frac{P_x}{P_y}$, so, $P_y = P_x\sqrt{x}$ Using the budget line: $$I = xP_x + yP_y \implies ...
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Finding long run equilibrium price, quantity and number of firms with a linear average cost function

I've been been brushing up on my micoreocnomics lately and I came across a question in Perloff that looked really simple, but for some reason I am struggling to answer: Assume we are in the long run ...
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Finding Optimal Bundle and Change in Satisfaction after Changes in Budget Constraint

I am looking at the following exercise and struggling with the solution proposed by my microeconomics book. A consumer spends all his income on two goods, X and Y. The prices he paid and the ...
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What is the difference between imperfect substitutes and complements in a production function?

According to the following definition: ...
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How to Calculate Price Elasticity of Demand When Perfectly Elastic?

When we have perfect elasticity, the demand curve is a horizontal line and the elasticity of demand coefficient is equal to infinity. How do we arrive at a solution equal to infinity? We know that ...
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Profit maximizing, Quantity and Price with Dominant Firm and Competitive Fringe

A dominant firm operates in various markets. In one of these markets, it is a monopolist and produces with the following cost function: C(q1) = 5q1. The market demand is P = 1005 - Q. (a) Find the ...
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Changing Constant Factor Demands

I’ve been given this true false question: Consider the minimization of wL + rK given F(K, L) $\geq$ Q with F(K, L) strictly increasing in K and L. The conditional factor demands K*(Q, w, r) and L*(Q, ...
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Ownership in Neoclassical Economics/Property Rights Question

I'm currently looking at New Institutional Economics and I can't get my head around the assumption of the neoclassical irrelevance theorem stated by the neoclassical economics. It doesn't matter ...
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Are modern conglomerate mergers better or worse for economic competition?

Modern conglomerate mergers differ from those from decades ago as, even though they takeover smaller companies, they have a more narrow focus on related business and, in order to be successful, have ...
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How to evaluate customer lifetime value

I am learning about calculating Customer Lifetime Value (CLV). So far I have learned that there are many ways to calculate it, like stated here, which I understand, different industries will also need ...
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Utility maximimization for unusual Leontief utility function

The problem is basic utility maximization subject to a budget constraint with $$u(x,y) = min\{x+y,4\sqrt{x},4\sqrt{y}\}$$ $$p_x = 1, p_y = 1, M = 4$$ I will have to first plot the Indifference ...
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Proof of Choice Coherence in Kreps (2013)

In the first chapter of Kreps (2013), there is a proof that the choice function satisfies choice coherence. Kreps writes: I do not understand how the third sentence of (b) logically follows from the ...
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Economics of Selling Software

My understanding: Normally, selling a product has an increasing marginal cost per unit produced. Very often this increases more and more due to poor allocation of resources (diminishing returns). ...
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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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Effect of Promotional Sales on a Demand Curve

If there is news that shops are having a sale on dress shoes (beginning right now), will it shift the demand curve for this good? I initially said yes, as a sale should increase the quantity demanded ...
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Giffen Goods & Complementary Goods

Consider that good X and good Y are complements and good X is a Giffen good. If I increase the price of good X, what affect does this have on the price and quantity demanded of good Y? My reasoning ...
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What is the assumption behind “indifference curve does not cross”?

If only weak-ordering and continuity is assumed, "ICs" can definitely intersect. If we assume Monotonicity or convexity in addition to weak-ordering, then we can get "no cross of IC". But those two ...
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Take It Or Leave It Strategy: Social Optimum

Here is what I understood Using Backward Induction, I inferred that buyer offers a price, say, $P$ and the seller will sell only if $P \geq c(I)$. Setting the lowest possible Price that will ensure ...
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Net Present Value with investments in multiple phases

I am trying to calculate the Net Present Value for a theoretical project in which, unlike most examples in textbooks and on internet tutorials, investments do not only happen in t=0, but they also ...
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Strict preference and utility function

If strict preferences over three outcomes x, y and z, do not satisfy transitivity, so that $x \succ y \succ z \succ x$, then these preferences cannot be represented by a utility function. Is this ...
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The impact of news in the stock market?

I am currently working on a large sample of textual data from news articles. I was just wondering whether there exists any studies which tries to explain the market anomaly known as "The-Day-Of-The-...
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Quasi-Linear Functions

I understand that quasi-linear functions have a general form $U(x_1,x_2,...,x_n,y) = f(x_1,x_2,...,x_n) + y$ and that for a quasi-linear function, the income effect with respect to the other ...
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3rd Degree Price Discrimination

I came across a True/False question in my economics problem set: Is the following statement true or false? "A monopolist can practice third-degree price discrimination in the two markets it ...
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How to find the optimal consumption basket? [closed]

A consumer has the following utility function and income. 𝑈(𝑥, 𝑦) =1/2 * ln 𝑥 + 1/2 * ln y Price of 𝑥 = Price of 𝑦 = 100. Income = 1000 Suppose that the consumer gets 2 redeemable coupons for ...
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Equivalence of definitions of upper contour sets

Mas-Collel, Winston and Green's Microeconomic Theory (3rd editions) offers two definitions of the upper contour set: How can the equivalence between the two definitions be proved?
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Insurance and Hirshleifer effect

I am trying to understand the statmement that 'public information kills insurance opportunity' -- referred to as Hirshleifer effect. Does it (in general) lead to some undesirable outcomes? Could you ...
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Calculating Demand curve function from Elasticity of demand, price per quantity and quantity purchased?

For an assignment I have to model the demand function and find consumer surplus based upon elasticity of demand, price per quantity and quantity purchased. Ill copy and paste the assignment below and ...
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Constructing a Production Possibility Curve (PPC)

I am trying to create a PPC, in which there are two goods (e.g. apples and oranges). My question is, does it matter which goods are plotted on the x or y-axes? The opportunity cost per good remains ...