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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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Intertemporal utility maximization through consumption

I need help in solving this question from one of the entrance examination. Q.Consider an economy where a representitive agent lives for three periods. In the first period, she is young - this is the ...
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What is the name of the gain/cost ratio

I wanted to know what is the formal name of the (gain/cost)x100 ratio calculation (growth rate perhaps?). Any clarification would be greatly appreciated.
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How to evaluate if an activity is likely to produce a positive ROI?

I am trying to establish if it would be worth my while to sell a product in a particular online marketplace but am unsure how to evaluate if it would be financially worth my while. The marketplace in ...
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If strict preferences map onto $\Bbb{N}$ what do weak preferences map onto?

Suppose I have $$\text{apples} \succ \text{pears} \succ \text{pineapples}$$ I can map this onto the natural numbers as follows $$\text{apples}\mapsto 1$$ $$\text{pears}\mapsto 2$$ $$\text{pineapple}...
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Relationship between Revenue-Elasticity and Price-Elasticity

I have attempted to solve this problem and would be grateful if someone looked over my solution 5% increase in price results in 5% decrease in total revenue. I need to determine price elasticity of ...
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Perfect competition profits question

Market is supplied by: 50 competitive companies all of them have relatively low costs given by an equation $C_l(q)=350+2q+q^2$ and by n companies of higher costs given by an equation $C_h(q)=400+2q+q^...
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Are billboards beneficial for the economy? Why?

Billboards cost money to make and don't really seem to significantly benefit anyone other than billboard-makers. A company c putting up billboards presumably increases profits from the resulting ...
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Negative Gini Coefficiente?

Is it possible to have a negative gini coefficient? In which situations is it possible? Any help would be appreciated.
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How to determine the worth of a good

I've searched around the web for awhile now and I'm beginning to think this might be an unanswerable question. I want to know if there is a theoretical way to determine the worth of a particular good, ...
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Relationship between short-run marginal cost(SRMC) and long-run marginal cost(LRMC)

While reading Intermediate Microeconomics from Hal Varian, I fell short in understanding the relationship between SRMC and LRMC. I can see how in SR, when fixed factor is chosen at LR optimizing ...
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Implementing Coasian bargaining to achieve social welfare

In this excellent answer, Ubiquitous elaborates on the Coasian solution as an alternative to Pigouvian subsidies. I wanted to explore and understand the solution a bit further. Consider the setting ...
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Is it possible to calculate how long it will take to reach Break Even Point if the information provided is only an ROI (Return On Investment) of 10%?

Is it possible to calculate how long it will take to reach Break Even Point if the information provided is only an ROI (Return On Investment) of 10%? Only ROI is provided. If there is a way to ...
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undergrad Producer theory problem [closed]

Two commodities, X and Y, are produced with identical technology and are sold in competitive markets. One unit of labour can produce one unit of each of the two commodities. Labour is the only ...
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Is there an economic term for decreased demand due to expected decrease in price due to a product's value lasting for a finite amount of time

So, at work we are doing a charity bake sale. Lunch hour is long gone. An email was sent out offering everything at half price. I imagine decreased demand as everyone knows they have to get rid of ...
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Is elasticity purely an aggregate concept or can it be individualized

First question here. I am not an economist by training, but I do quite a bit of econometric analysis in my job (my background is maths). I often get asked about elasticity, and I am familiar with ...
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Altruism and locally non-satiated preferences

Is there an altruistic utility function that cannot represent a locally non-satiated preference? As an example of an altruistic utility function: $U^1(x^1,...,x^H)=u^1(x^1)+\sum^H_{j=2}U^j(x^j)$, ...
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Literature Recommendation: Advanced Undergraduate Economics

I come from a strong quantitative background and am going to law school in the fall. I'm interested in financial product regulation and competition law. I have taken an introductory course in ...
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Muth exposition of the rational expectations hypothesis

I am reading in statistical decision theory and stumbled upon the rational expectations literature (rationality with incomplete information->dynamic problem->N.L Stokey->husband). The assumption that ...
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Find the optimal demand functions for capital and labour for this firm

I'm trying to solve this question which states: Suppose that a profit maximizing producer has a production function described by Q = K^3/4 L^1/4 and faces the general isocost line (TC = rK + wL). ...
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Estimate function expression for TC and MC

I have this Labor (L) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Output 0 32 72 114 161 204 242 272 292 304 302 288 and I need to estimate function expressions for $TC$, $AVC$, and $...
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How does Perfect Elasticity imply infinite quantity for any higher price?

I reference Principles of Microeconomics, 7 Ed, 2014, by NG Mankiw. The graph above is from p 100. [p 99:] ...supply is perfectly elastic. This occurs as the price elasticity of supply approaches ...
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Consumer Theory - Relationship between compensating variation (CV) and the equivalent variation (EV)

John consumes two products – X and Y and his preferences are represented by an unknown utility function – u(x,y) (we may assume his indifference curves are well-behaved). His income is m, while the ...
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Delegation with Discreteness

Consider a game of delegation. An uninformed principal must delegate some task to an informed agent with preferences imperfectly aligned. I'm aware of plenty of literature that studies these kinds of ...
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Deriving Equation for Engel Curve

I have a utility function of $U = B^{.67}Z^{.33}$ with Income $Y$, Price of Good B is $P_b$ and price of Z is $P_z$ I now need to derive an engel curve for this. I have no idea where to start.
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Intuition: Difference in price elasticities of demand due to different bases

Source: pp 91-92, Principles of Microeconomics, 7 Ed, 2014, by N Gregory Mankiw If you try calculating the price elasticity of demand between two points on a demand curve, you will quickly ...
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How to determine demand without the price of a good?

If I have the utility function of an individual that exhibits perfect substitutes, think (U=ax+by), and I'm given the price of good x and the budget M, then how am I supposed to determine the demand ...
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When a relevant variable unnamed on either axis changes, can the curve NOT shift?

Source: pp 40-41, Principles of Microeconomics, 7 Ed, 2014, by N Gregory Mankiw her demand curve would shift to the left (to curve D3). In economics, it is important to distinguish between ...
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Why do firms bother to produce at equilibrium quantities if at equilibrium quantity, MR < MC?

For almost all demand curves, the resulting marginal revenue curve is often to the left of and steeper than the demand curve. The marginal cost curve has its distinctive U-shape, and a particular ...
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Impact of government subsidy on labour supply

If the government pays a certain amount $b>0$ to every person who is not working, what is the impact of this subsidy on labour supply? How does it alter the reservation wage? Is your answer ...
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Why are we taking the logarithm for risk-averse decision-makers?

I'm a mathematics student learning a bit of Game theory. Many examples are given within a very economic setting and up to know I could follow most of it because they were very basic and I learnt some ...
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Do capital goods have to be valued so that (discounted) real expected return on capital goods equal current present value of capital goods?

Let $P_k$ be the value of 1 quantity of a capital good. If one does not sell the capital good and keep it, the good provides interests. In such a case, does standard macro say that all expected ...
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Does price affect quantity or vice versa?

On nearly all graphs found within economics textbooks, quantity is label on the x-axis and price on the y-axis, implying that the quantity supplied affects the price. Is this really so? Intuition ...
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Perfect competition: Finding short run equilibrium price?

I am trying to self teach myself some Economics, I am using an old textbook given to me by a friend, which does not contain an answer key. I have run into the following problem and I was wondering if ...
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Solving for optimal consumption bundle

Consider a consumer who can consume either A or B, with the quantities being denoted by $a$ and $b$ respectively. If the utility function of the consumer is given by $$-[(10-a)^2+(10-b)^2]$$(suppose ...
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How to find walrasian asignations? [closed]

In a economy Arrow Debreau of pure exchange with two agents and two goods. With utility function of Leontief for agent B, where $U_b(x_b,y_b)=\min(x_b,y_b)$; and for agent A a simple Cobb-Douglas $U_a(...
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Impact of working capital constraints onto output

I'm looking for empirical evidence (optimally from natural experiments, as described below) of the impact of working capital constraints onto firm output, and the differentials of firm size. I ...
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Where can I find quarterly/monthly medicare/medicaid state level drug utilization data

I read a paper titled 'State generic substitution laws can lower drug outlays under medicaid'. It uses quarterly state level medicaid drug utilization data. However, I could only find yearly data at ...
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Suitable terminology for the inverse elasticity?

In many microeconomic applications (e.g. monopoly price-setting) the inverse elasticity appears. Explaining such relations to laymen is often awkward because inverse proportionality is not as ...
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If all firms in an economy are in monopolistic competition with constant elasticity of substitution, can they profit-maximize at $MC=MR=AC$?

Suppose all firms are monopolistically competitive with constant elasticity of substitution. Can they profit maximize at the quantity point $MC=AC$ (So $P \neq MC$ but $Q$ is set at where $MC=MR=AC$ ...
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Basic microeconomics: supply, demand and substitutes in production

The question is: explain the change in the market for skim milk, if demand for ice cream rises. I'd say these two are unrelated in consumption (saying they're substitutes is kind of stretching it), ...
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Books for microeconomics and macroeconomics for selected topics

I am a mathematics undergraduate trying to self-learn some economics. I have no background in economics. I wish to know from which chapters of Hal Varian's "Intermediate Microeconomics" (7th edition) ...
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Converting word definitions of Pareto-Optimal into math symbols

I'd like to have a mathematical version of the following two definitions just because I remember symbols better than words. But I lack the math prowess to convert them from words to symbols. Can ...
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Random Choice interpretation

Due to McFadden Economists usually interpret Random Choice, in the population sense, as each DM being drawn from the probabilistic choice rule independently and identically. However, Psychologist have ...
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When using consumables consider the purchase or market price?

Say I use two fuels to heat my home (space heating): oil and wood. I purchase both in bulk, at a price decided at the time of purchase. Wood is cheaper per kWh, but I purchase both because oil has ...
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Intuition behind the linkage principle

An important result in auction theory is Milgrom & Weber's linkage principle, which, roughly, holds that the expected revenue from an auction is higher is the seller commits ex ante to reveal as ...
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Difference between 'surplus' and 'welfare'

I see these two terms used interchangeably but I have the feeling they are not exactly the same. My gut feeling tells me this: 1) Surplus is the additional aggregate utility from the existence of one ...
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Collusion model with imperfect public monitoring

It is well known that consumers' intertemporal incentives may play a key role on the potential of firms to sustain collusion. To my knowledge, most previous efforts studying the topic have assumed ...
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Oligopolistic producers and retail price wars

Consider an industry with few producers selling differentiated products. The products must be sold through retailers of whom also there are a few and who therefore possess some degree of market power. ...
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Random Utility interpretation

Can someone explain intuitively, the Block-Marschack Polynomials that completely characterize random utility.
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Is non-monotonic local non-satiation supported by consumer theory in economics?

In general (Walrasian) equilibrium, local non-satiation is one of the assumptions that guarantee existence of equilibrium. Question is, is non-monotonic local non-satiation preference supported by ...