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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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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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Queuing Discipline and Lipschitz Continuity

I was reading a paper by Platz and Østerdal (2014) titled "The curse of the first-in-first-out queue discipline". I was wondering about a particular section of it, particularly the part about last-in-...
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eBay economics - total revenue impact from expanding ecosystem by 1 seller

While I think my question is straight forward, I'm guessing the answer to it is anything but. Thanks in advance for any insight you may be able to offer, even if it's just a directional assist. Here'...
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Has any progress been made on the Pacman Conjecture on Finite Time Horizons?

The Pacman conjecture states that the optimal strategy for monopolistic durable goods manufacturers is to set price high and slowly drop it (i.e. eating their way down the demand curve). Empirically ...
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Signalling Model (How to solve a differential equation?)

I'm currently reading "SAVING RATES AND POVERTY: THE ROLE OF CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION AND HUMAN CAPITAL" by Omer Moav and Zvika Neeman, and I encounter some problem deriving one of the equations. ...
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Perfect Substitution with a Continuum of goods?

Imagine I have a continuum of different goods indexed by $\omega \in [0,1]$. I have a household which consumes a quantity $C(\omega)$ of good $\omega$, and pays a price $P(\omega)$. The household has ...
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How do supply chains form?

I am trying to put forth a theory for endogenous supply chain formation. A set of $K$ complementary tasks need to be performed to manufacture a good $G$. If manufactured, there exists a demand ...
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utility maximization with nested Cobb–Douglas–CES preferences

I'm trying to understand the following paper: Hsieh & Ossa: A global view of productivity growth in China (2016). The pdf can be found here: https://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/chang-tai.hsieh/...
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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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Understanding the Diewertt Cost Function

The Diewert cost function (as described in Microeconomic Analysis by Hal Varian 3rd Edition) takes the form of: $$c(w,y)=y\sum_{i=1}^k\sum_{j=1}^kb_{ij}\sqrt{w_iw_j}$$ Varian goes on to say (page ...
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Optimal Fight Purse and Boxing Strategies

The following is all public information available to all the players in this scenario. The General Setup In the aftermath of the infamous race between the tortoise and the hare, the salty hare went ...
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Equilibrium Uniqueness in a General Equilibrium Framework

I was wondering if anyone had any insight into the conditions that lead to a unique equilibrium in an exchange economy under a general equilibrium framework. More specifically, I know that the two "...
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Social Choice: from Independence axiom to Mixture symmetry axiom

Harsanyi's Utilitarian theorems' has been criticized by Diamond Cardinal Welfare, Individualistic Ethics, and Interpersonal Comparison of Utilities and others that, it is the morally unacceptable for ...
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Are there any economic studies of License-On-Transfer agreements?

A recent entry at GitHub's blog caught my attention: https://github.com/LOT. The "network" claims to provide protection from patent trolls by entering into an agreement automatically granting all ...
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Effects of ACA individual mandate vs AHCA surcharge

The US Congress is currently considering a new healthcare bill, the AHCA, which would replace the existing healthcare bill, the ACA. One of the major changes is the way each bill encourages people to ...
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What changes do I, as an individual, experience during a recession?

There is a lot of talk about how we're approaching an economic recession. There is plenty of talk about how that would affect the world at large, but I haven't really found much on the level of ...
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Quantity theory of money: microfoundations

The quantity theory of money states the price level is proportional to the amount of money in circulation. That is, if the quantity of money increases by some factor $k$, the price level will increase ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Insurance question: need a brief explanation

Two risk averse people are identical in every way (including wealth, W , amount of loss, L, and utility function, U(W)) except they have different probabilities of loss. Suppose they want to buy ...
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Firm Dynamic Optimization Problem

A firm has received an order at time $0$ for $M$ units of product to be delivered by time $T$. It seeks a production schedule for filling this order at minimum cost. Let $x(t)$ denote inventory ...
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Compensating variation versus change in value of goods consumed?

I study an economy with two goods ($x$ and $y$) and two consumers ($A$ and $B$). First there is no trade between $A$ and $B$, so they consume their endowments $e^A_x$ and $e^B_x$ and reach utility ...
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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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Choice rule and path independence

Question: A choice rule $C$ satisfies path independence if for all $A, B \in 2^X \setminus \emptyset$, $C(A \cup B) = C(C(A) \cup C(B))$. Prove that if $C$ is nonempty and rationalizable, then $C$ ...
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Sign of the endowment income effect

We define the change in demand due to income effect as (assume there are 2 goods and the price of only one of them, say $p_1$, changes) $dx_1^N = x_1(p_1 + dp_1, p_2, m) - x_1(p_1 + dp_1, p_2, m + dm)...
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Is it possible to derive the marginal product of an input using a transformation function?

I'm using a transformation function $F(\cdot)$ to describe a production set $y = (x, z, L, K)$, where $x$ and $z$ are private goods denoted by positive numbers, $L$ is labour input, $K$ is capital ...
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Transportation models in economics

How would one go about modelling the effectiveness of public transportation? More specifically how does one go about comparing two transit systems in terms of their ability to move a larger numbers of ...
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Appropriate economic/econometric tools to analyze segmented promotion optimization problem

I'm trying to determine which micro-economic/econometrics concepts, models, and/or tools are appropriate for an analysis of promotions. Below I Describe the problem in general terms Give ...
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Proof of Proposition 1.4 from Microfoundations I by Kreps

Regardless of the size of X (set of all possible objects), if a preference relation which is complete and transitive is defined on it, then the corresponding choice function generated by it will ...
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Optimal commodity taxation - solving for the optimal tax rates?

I need to solve for optimal tax rates for two products. In my model there are N identical households that maximize their utility function subject to a budget ...
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What is the graphic intuition behind Marginal rate of subsitution

So I think I understand the math, but I don't understand the intuition on a 3d graph. Why does the ratio of partial derivatives give us a tangent line on a level curve(indifference curve)? My ...
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I have a dataset. How do I convert this data into Indifference Curves?

This is all hypothetical. I understand indifference curves. However, I don't understand how they are produced. I read this question, and the survey answer made sense to me... Research Design: ...
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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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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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Multiple Forgone Job Opportunities and Economic Profit

I'm told that forgone job opportunities are implicit costs, to be included in calculating economic profit, but I can't seem to see how I could list and consider many different forgone opportunities. ...
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Can $u(x) = \sqrt{x_1 x_2} + \sqrt{x_3 x_4}$ be solved by Kuhn–Tucker conditions?

Consider $\max_{x_1, x_2, x_3, x_4} u(x) = \sqrt{x_1 x_2} + \sqrt{x_3 x_4}$ s.t. $\; p_1x_1 + p_2x_2 + p_3x_3 + p_4x_4 \le w$ I know we can solve the max problem through separately considering ...
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Consumer Utility Maximization equivalent of economies of scope

Economies of scope captures the idea of having efficiency in variety. I've come across this idea only in producer theory to capture the idea that companies may benefit from their ability to reduce ...
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Research community around logistics micro-economic topics?

Is there the equivalent of a Rand Journal of Economics for the topic of logistics, focusing on the micro-economics of productivity gains via automation or disruptive technologies. There is the ...
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Isn't it trivial that preferences are single-peaked over two alternatives?

I'm studying Down's Median Voter Theorem which states that if voters have single-peaked preferences over two alternatives arranged along a one-dimensional political spectrum, a majority rule voting ...
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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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Econometrically estimating the Leontief cost function

in general the Leontief cost function is represented as: $$c(w,y)=y\sum_{i=1}^kw_ix_i$$ where: $$y=\min\left[{\frac{x_1}{\alpha_1},...,\frac{x_n}{\alpha_n}}\right]$$ How does one go about ...
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How to find the “cost function” given the production function *as well as* the cost per unit produced and the fixed costs?

I'm working on the following homework problem, transcribed verbatim: A firm has a production function defined as $y = 8L^{1/4}K^{3/4}$. The firm faces costs of \$20 wage, \$60 rental rate of ...
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A manifold of agents?

In contract theory and mechanism design, if the agents have one-dimensional characteristics, then they are usually considered as a contiuum on $\mathbb R$; if they have n-dimensional type, then they ...