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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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Find a perfect Bayesian equilibrium

Each of two sellers, $1$ and $2$ owns one indivisible object that a buyer would like to buy. The two objects are identical. The buyer´s valuation depends on the number of objects he gets. The ...
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Is a lack of “rules” dangerous for cryptocurrency

An issue/disadvantage that the gold standard had was a lack of mechanisms that forced economies to abide by the rules of the game. As a result, they could at any time de-monetize gold and therefore ...
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Indifference curve - Does $dU = 0$ hold in higher dimensions? / Problem of integrability

In two dimensions, we have on an indifference curve that $dU=0$. Does this apply to indifference objects in higher dimensions? I was thinking that if $dU > 0$, then one is moving to a higher ...
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how to explain the term “Compensated law of demand” in a plain way?

The term “compensated law of demand” I met in advanced microeconomics textbook, which appeared in “revealed Preference “
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Absolute and Comparative Advantage Help

I started studying microeconomics and I am having trouble figuring our how can I find the "?" values in this table? If someone could help me I would be really grateful. ...
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Contribution by each factor

Must admit it has been many years since I have done advanced calculations or anything remotely like it, so please bear with me. I have problem that I hope to get some help with. Say I have below ...
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Estimating multi-output production technologies

For a given firm, is it ever appropriate to estimate an independent production function for each output? For example, a university produces journal articles $A$ and services a number of students $S$ ...
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Find out inverse demand curve in Cournot competition

I am currently struggling with an exercise and I hope you can help me. These are the basic information: The inverse demand curve is P=a-bQ, while there are four firms competing (Cournot) in this ...
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How do I figure out whether the ICs are convex or concave?

Question: Randy Ratpack hates studying both economics and history. The more time he spends studying either subject, the less happy he is. But Randy has strictly convex preferences. (a) Sketch an ...
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Bargaining Theory: reading list

I looked around in the forum but I have not found this question yet. I would like to approach the topic of bargaining models in the spirit of Rubinstein, Ariel. "Perfect equilibrium in a ...
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Check if a utility function represents a monotone preference

Given a function $u(x_1, x_2) = x_1 +x_2 + \min(2x_1, x_2)$, how do we mathematically prove that it monotonic or not? Is there is a general algebraic technique to show monotonicity of suchlike ...
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Some basic questions on infromation asymmetry

How does asymmetric information and bid-ask spread are connected? For instance, economic theory tells us that, the more the problem of information asymmetry, the higher the spread is. What is the ...
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Relation between demands of $x, y$ and $z$

Question: Consider a consumer with utility function $U(x,y,z)=y\min\{x,z\}$. The prices of all three goods are the same. The consumer has $100 to spend on these three goods.The demands will be such ...
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How to derive substitution and income effect using Slutsky equation if we don't know which of the prices change?

We have the utility function $$U(x,y)=x + y$$ and we have to derive the substitution and income effects using Slutsky equation. But after I derive the Hicksian demand functions for e.g. x: $$h_x= \...
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Can implicit costs make every option not worth doing?

I'm new to microeconomics so sorry if this is simplistic, but if an action should only be taken when benefits > costs and opportunity costs are included in cost calculations, how would one deal ...
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Game theory and differential equations

Does anybody know, any (advanced/classic) textbook that combines game theory with differential equations in mathematical economics. Specifically, I an interested in asymmetric information problems.
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How do soda bottler costs break down?

I am curious what the typical breakdown of costs is for a soda bottler in the United States. I realize there are variations depending on region and brand. I am looking for ballpark estimates based on ...
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Find Price Elasticity of Demand for p = 0

Given a linear demand curve $q(p) = a - bp$, how would one find the price elasticity of demand at $p = 0$? The quantity that would be demanded is given: $Q_0 = a$ The formula for the price elasticity ...
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Coase theorem study material

I'd like to read a more detailed/mathematical analysis on the subject of Coase's theorem. Could you perhaps suggest any advanced textbook/paper on the matter?
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Why doesn't the San Francisco Bay Area have two-story houses?

The San Francisco Bay Area is an interesting place. Housing prices are through the roof (hehe) and increasing by an average of 5-20% per year for the past 20 years. This is largely driven by an ...
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Increased production costs associated with increased output produced? Why do firms have prices increase with the SRAS or Supply Curve?

In my textbook, it said (this is for SRAS and AD, but I'm also going to apply this a bit fo microeconomics.. sorry for mixing, but my question applies in both ways, I believe) "The average price ...
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Is the Cobb-Douglas Utility Function Locally Non-Satiated at (0,0)?

My understanding of local non-satiation is that increasing your allocation of one good by a marginal amount increases utility. Suppose your utility takes the following form: $$U(x,y)=x^\alpha y^\beta$$...
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How is the defintion of the mean preserving spread (MPS) not too general?

The mean preserving spread is defined as follows: Consider two lotteries g and h. Let $x_g$ und $x_h$ denote the corresponding random variables. Then h is a mean preserving spread (MPS) of g, if: $...
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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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Stag Hare inefficient Nash Equilibrium and level-K thinking

Two players $i,j$; both have two strategies $\{h,s\}$. The payoffs vector of $i,j$: $u(h,h)=(5,5)$ (if both players choose $\{h\}$ then $i$ receives 5 and $j$ receives 5) $u(h,s)=(10,0)$ $u(s,h)=(0,10)...
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how to calculate Leontief demand functions from first order conditions of a CES function when sigma tends to 0?

This question is NOT about how to approximate a CES function to a leontief function. Knowing that: $i= good (\begin{array}{*{20}{c}} {1}&{or}&{2} \end{array})$ $j= firm (\begin{array}{*{20}{c}}...
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Deadweight Loss Due to Taxes Represented on a Graph of the Market?

Let's say a market is operating at equilibrium, with MSB=MSC, and a tax is imposed on the market. This would shift the supply curve to the left and cause a deadweight loss represented by the triangle ...
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Term for partial resource use economics

In economics, economies of scale are "the cost advantages that enterprises obtain due to their scale of operation" (Wikipedia/User:Loraof). There is a common type of scaling, mostly in ...
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In an intertemporal (2-period) consumption model, why is the investment rate independent of discount factor?

In lecture, my professor defined the following 2-period consumption model: $c_i = $ consumption in period $i$. $y =$ endowed income in period 1. $r = $ interest rate in perfect credit markets. $h = $ ...
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Refinements in signaling games with three sender types

What are the pros and cons of the Intuitive Criterion and the Criterion of Divinity in signaling games with three types? I find that separating equilibria often survive the intuitive criterion, ...
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Does the duality of utility maximization and cost minimization hold in practice?

I recently learned about the relationship between utilization maximization and cost minimization. Are there studies on whether this duality holds in real life? Any information on this topic for a ...
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elasticity from inverse demand

I was wondering of my thinking here was right: Given $$ e=\frac{dQ}{dp}*\frac{p}{Q}, $$ where $ e $ is elasticity, $ dQ/dp $ is first derivative of demand function, $p$ is price and $Q$ is quantity. ...
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If the Yield (Y) of the cosnumers change, does the $Q_{D}$ remain parallel?

Because we have a change in Yield (Y) which is a factor of demand, we have a move in the $Q_D$. However, not all changes in the Yield affect the $Q_D$ the same way right? For example, if we know that $...
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Study whether $\succsim$ represented by $u(x)=\lfloor x \rfloor$ is continuous [closed]

Using the following definition of continuity: $\succsim$ is continuous if for any bundles $x,y,z$ such that x$\succ$y$\succ$z, there exists $\alpha \in (0,1)$ such that $\alpha x + (1-\alpha)z \sim y$....
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Capital in terms of labor

I have a question that asks to find $\frac{\partial K}{\partial L} $ from $Q=cL^aK^b$, when $Q$ and $c$ are constants. It lists 4 answer choices but I’m just not sure how to approach it. Implicit ...
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Interpretation of $x c '(x)$

Consider a cost function that is continuous, differentiable and (possibly) convex: $c(x):\mathbb{R}^+\to \mathbb{R}$. I was wondering if there is a "common" way to interpret the expression: $...
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Prove that budget constraint is Lower Hemi Continuos (LHC)

I need to prove that the following constraint is LHC. $B=\{x \in R^n : px\leqslant pw)$ But Im not capable of finding and sequence $\{x_n\}$ such that $x_n \in B(p_n,w_n) \forall n$ and that $x_n\...
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The existence of solution for profit maximization problem

I'm thinking about the conditions for existence of solution of this profit maximization problem(PMP), i.e., $\max_{z \in R_+^{K-1}} pf(z) -wz$, where $z \geq 0$: input vector, $p>0$: the price of ...
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What is the definition of: 'commodity space'?

I have seen the concept of commodity space being used multiple times in economics, in particular within microeconomics, but I could not find a general definition of it. Based on the examples that I ...
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Where can I find economics theories to learn about? [closed]

I'm a beginner to economics so I do not have much knowledge. However, I enjoy learning new economics theories. For now, I normally search for economics theories by looking at those that won nobel ...
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First welfare theorem and convexity

Are convex preferences needed for the first welfare theorem? It would see so. For example, we could have a situation in which B's indifference curve is non-convex, such that, at the equilibrium X, it ...
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Convenient S-shaped production function (i.e. with IRS and DRS) to derive a discontinuous demand for labor

Let say that a firm produces a commodity using only one input (i.e. Labor if we suppose to be in the very short run). Then we have a general production function of the following form $y=f(L)$, for $L≥...
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Private signals [closed]

Following the literature of information asymmetry (see in Kyle among others), we have seen that many papers introduce a private signal, that is $$S=\tilde{v}+\tilde{e}$$ where, $(\tilde{v},\tilde{e})$...
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Why do we need the specific utility assumption?

In many microeconomic models, we read the assumption that agents have CARA normal utility preferences. We need the assumption of the utility to do pricing, but should someone do differently? Namely, ...
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Can mixed strategies actually predict behaviour of rational actors in non-constant sum games?

I understand how the concept of the mixed NE (mathematically) works. But I don’t understand how we can expect players to behave in a way that would arrive at such an equilibrium. Consider the ...
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Edgeworth box and identical tastes

If tastes are homothetic and identical, does this imply that the contract curve is the line connecting the lower left and upper right corners of the box? My understanding: no, it does not. Consumers' ...
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Capital/Income Ratio in Pikketty's Capital

In Capital by Thomas Pikketty, https://www.robertdkirkby.com/blog/2015/summary-of-piketty-i/, he states that World War I and World War II were the main reasons why the Capital Income to Labour Income ...
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Is there a “name” for price leadership oligopoly?

Oligopoly equilibrium in the static setup consists of cournout equilibrium and bertrand equilibrium (Nash Equilibria)while in sequential games we have stackelberg equilibrium and price leadership ...
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Auction Makrets and delearship markets

The largest difference is that the NYSE is an auction market and the Nasdaq is a dealer market. In the former, the highest bid for a stock is matched with the lowest asking price. In the latter, ...
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Remove Linear Good From Quasi-linear Utility Function

Given a quasi-linear utility function: $u(x_1, x_2) = f(x_1) + \beta x_2$, $\beta > 0 $ What would happen if good 2 ($x_2$) is removed from the market? Would the new utility function be: $u(x_1) =...

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