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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Price ratio determined by endowments only?

Am I right to say in an Exchange Economy with two consumers with identical preferences, the equilibrium price (WEA) of the two goods would be determined by availability of two goods, i.e, total ...
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How are price and quantity demanded going to be affected?

The consequences of decriminalizing illegal drugs have long been debated. Some claim that legalization will lower the price of these drugs and reduce related crime and that more people will use these ...
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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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Interpreting coefficient in the disutility function as disutility tolerance?

I am studying a model that relates incentives (money) and a set of actions. Let $f(x) = k\frac{x^2}{2}$ be the disutility function of the agent, where $x$ is the level of effort that the agent is ...
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Comparing two groups of individuals

I am trying to show that 2 groups of individuals are intrinsically the same. I have various characteristics to measure for both group A and group B, such as height, weight, age, etc. I have taken the ...
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What term/theory describes more efficient utilization of a resource?

I may be asking the wrong question here, but I wonder if there is a term/theory that describes/studies the evolution of an economy that continually improves the utilization and allocation of certain ...
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Marginal Utility with Supply and Demand Curves

Can someone explain how the equilibrium points in the image below (source: The Foundations of Econometric Analysis) represent marginal utilities. I have read about the relationship between the ...
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Semi Annual Deposit that earns 5% Compounded Quarterly

I was asked: A man planned to endow 1000000 USD to his son on his son's 21'st birthday. How much is his semi-annual deposit in a special account that earns 5% compounded quarterly if the first ...
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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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If I gain, then someone else loses. Correct?

On a very small scale, it's certainly true that if I gain, somebody else might lose. If I take away my brother's chocolate, then he will lose it, and will most probably not get anything comparable. ...
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Why do lump sum transfers affect prices?

Let's suppose that I want to maximize total welfare (Social Planner Problem) using lump sum transfers to individuals. It's known then that the price ratio changes relative to when there are no lump ...
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Is scalping tickets harmful?

IMHO, scalping tickets is no different from legitimate arbitrage unless manipulative. Iirc, arbitrage increases surplus and hindering scalping is setting a price ceiling which leads to deadweight ...
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Is ongoing economic growth possible without additional non-renewable inputs?

Can ongoing economic growth occur without use of additional non-renewable inputs? That is, any additional inputs would only be from renewable resources: all non-renewable resources would be reused, ...
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Competition between utilities like ports

I was reading about the frequent congestion in US ports and the resulting effect on the US economy. I feel there are unique features to this setting. When ports face congestion, they levy charges, and ...
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Economic Overview of Pacific Island Nations

What are the key drivers of growth for these small pacific island nations? I would expect tourism and natural resources to be pretty central to these economies. Is there anything else? What are the ...
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Best resources to self-educate myself in economics

I want to learn Economics by myself and I'm looking to build a path with people who're in this field to how and in what order should I learn Economics, I did some research and I've found many ...
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Is it true that $\frac{dL}{dq}=1/\frac{\partial q}{\partial L}$?

Marginal costs MC is defined as $MC=\frac{dC}{dq}$. Taking into account that $C=wL+rK$, $$MC=\frac{dC}{dq}=w\frac{dL}{dq}+r\frac{dK}{dq}$$ Recall that marginal product of labor $MP_{L}=\frac{\...
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Estimate total variable cost function (TVC) and average variable cost function (AVP) from marginal cost function (MC)

I need to estimate the function expressions for $TVC$ and $AVC$ from the $MC$ function for different amounts of quantity $(Q)$ From the solutions I have, that For $Q \leq 50$ $MC1(Q) = -Q + 100$ $...
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Marginal rate of technical substitution for multi-dimension inputs? [closed]

Suppose I have a vector x = ($x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4,x_5$) of inputs. How it is the MRTS($x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4,x_5$) ? And which is the relation with the marginal products of inputs 1-5 ?
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How long are consumers willing to wait in order to find a bargain?

I have (what I believe to be) a microeconomics question that I'd like to explore: How long are consumers willing to wait to find a bargain on an item they'd like to purchase? I believe the ...
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Are there two different meanings of the discount rate?

Today I suddenly became aware of how the term "discount rate" are frequently used in two different contexts: When people prefer to have something now rather than in the future. The reason is ...
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Indirect Impacts Of The Netherlands Cutting Greenhouse Emissions?

On 24 June 2015, the Dutch District Court in The Hague ruled that the government must put policies in place to deliver, by 2020, cuts in the country's greenhouse gas emissions of at least 25%, ...
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Why do top professional sport players get usually paid so much?

I'd like to find an answer to this question as I can't see how something like this can be happening. I can see three reasons that they would earn that much but any of them if thought better is wrong. ...
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Impact of Economic Crisis on Supermarkets And Chemists?

In the undergoing Greek financial crisis, I’ve heard more than once that the three prime sufferers in any economic crisis are the 'bankers', 'supermarkets 'and 'chemists'. I do understand why the ...
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Monopoly with price discrimination

A city has a single electricity supplier. Electricity production cost is $c$ per unit. Utility function $U(q,t)=a\ln(1+q) - t$, where $q$ is electricity consumption and $t$ is electricity tariff. What ...
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Is there existing research on predicting the number of house listings based on exogenous data?

I've been looking for prior research by economists that predict the number of house listings in a particular city (or even, say, the probability that an individual in the city will list his house that ...
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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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Present-bias vs future-bias

There is a huge literature in economics that studies time-inconsistencies in decision-making and that consistently finds that individuals make present-biased choices in a variety of contexts: we do ...
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Is the lack of information on customer behaviour good for banks?

Discussing chapter 18 on Microeconomic Theory Basic Principles and Extensions - Nicholson and Snyder book - regarding Asymmetric information a student raise an interesting point of view regarding the ...
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Empirical studies on network equilibria

There have been a number of papers in the literature (pioneered by Sanjeev Goyal, Jackson, Kranton, amongst others) emphasising the role and importance of network structure in economics, the ...
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Why does profit maximization implies that both of the following are equal? [closed]

Why Profit maximization implies that rate of return to capital equals the net marginal product of capital. Prove and give intuition why both are equal. I also wonder that why it doesn't implies rate ...
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list of math intense graduate level microeconomics books?

List of math intense graduate level microeconomics books? Except Reny's book, krep's books, varian's book and mas-collell's book books from subfields are acceptable, however by math intense i mean ...
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Marshallian Demand for Cobb-Douglas

When trying maximize the utility having a cobb-douglas utility function $u=x_1^ax_2^b$, with $a+b = 1$, I found the following formulas (Wikipedia: Marshallian Demand): $x_1 = \frac{am}{p_1}\\ x_2 = \...
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What does Hayek mean at the end of the first paragraph of The Use of Knowledge?

I reproduce here the first paragraph of Hayek's well-known essay The Use of Knowledge in Society: What is the problem we wish to solve when we try to construct a rational economic order? On certain ...
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Perfect competition questions

I have problems with deciding whether those statements are true or false. In a short/long run price of equilibrium on a perfectly compettive market might be either lower or higher then average total ...
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I need something like “how to calculate equilibrium price for complete idiots”

My grandfather raises, sells and resells livestock and I want to help him by calculating when and for what price to (re)sell or buy livestock. As far as I understand(although I have a hunch that I ...
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Weak axiom of revealed preference and choice coherence - how to show they are equivalent

$B$ and $B'$ are elements of the family of subsets of $X$ WARP For every pair $x,y \in B \cap B' $ and if $x \in c(B)$ , then if $y \in c(B'), x$ must $\in c(B').$ Choice Coherence For very pair $x,...
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In a competitive equilibrium, can price of a commodity ever be zero?

I don't think they can be, but I'm not very sure. Are their special cases where the equilibrium is competitive even when prices are zero?
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RBC model and indivisible labour

First of all, I would like to apologise for the fact that I will include a link in my question rather than a direct question, however, I have no idea how to do it in a different way. I have been ...
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How does this company gain from economies of scale?

Given this story, I am (my younger brother is) asked why (rather than how?) a particular company Pepper plc is likely to benefit from economies of scale. In short, Jo has a shop that sells electrical ...
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Taxes levied on sellers = Taxes levied on buyers

All page numbers refer to Principles of Microeconomics, 7 Ed, 2014, by NG Mankiw. [p 125:] Taxes levied on sellers and taxes levied on buyers are equivalent. [p 156:] ... When a tax is levied on ...
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Finding equilibrium of perfect competition in the short run with a cost function

I am having a lot of problems trying to find the equilibrium price when we are given a cost function and demand function, but no supply function. All firms have the following production function: $...
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Minimization of costs combination of factors of production

Given the production function $D(x,y,z)=\min\{2x, \left( 2y+4z\right)\}$, and knowing that P-price $P_x=30,P_y=20,P_z=5$ and volume of production $D=200$. How much of x,y and z is needed to minimize ...
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Why do all apartment complexes in Albuquerque have pools?

Apartment builders have a constrained optimization problem whereby they balance building different amenities to attract tenants with varying preferences. Recently when searching for apartments I ...
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Budget constraint hyperplanes

This question relates to a specific paper by Eric Budish, published in 2011 in JPE, but I've tried to put all relevant information in this question. On page 1072, he defines budget constraint ...
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Substitutive or supportive factors of production

Given the function: $y=A K^\alpha L^\beta, A,\alpha,\beta >0$ $y=aK+bL^{0.5}, a,b>0$ Decide whether capital and labour are substitute or supportive factors of production. How to solve this ...
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Find Change in output from marginal products of labor/capital

A firm produces 231 doohickeys with 8.4 units of labour and 22.1 units of capital. the marginal product of labour is 18, the marginal product of capital is 20. Approximately how many doohickeys will ...
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How to write the dual problem of this maximization problem?

On this note for Shapley-Shubik model, there's a maximization problem: $$\max_{x_{ij} \in \mathbb{R}^{M \times N}}\sum_{j \in N}\sum_{i \in M}v_{ij}x_{ij}$$ $$\text{s.t.} \ \sum_{j \in N}x_{ij} ...
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Given Cobb-Douglas production functions for 2 factories (same owner), how will the owner produce $y$?

So my question is this: A company owns two factories, A and B, each with the following production functions: $f_A(x_1,x_2)=x_1^{\alpha}x_2^{1-\alpha}$ $f_B(x_1,x_2)=x_1^{\beta}x_2^{1-\beta}$ Now ...
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Is Marginal Rate of Substitution a multivariable function?

Suppose I have $U(x,y)$ and a level set of indifference curves. Suppose the value of $U$ along a given curve is $\bar{U}$. We know $dU = 0$. We compute total derivative, rearrange, and now have $$\...