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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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 ...
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Supply/Demand Shift (Find New Equilibrium)

Starting: supply curve $y=x+10$ and demand curve $y = -x+30$ with equilibrium at (10, 20). The problem states that DEMAND shifts leftwards by 3 units and to find the new equilibrium. My professor did ...
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Guess 2/3 of the average with integers - mixed strategy equilibria?

The "Guess 2/3 of the average" game (Wikipedia) is a game in which n people guess what 2/3 of the average of their guesses will be, and where the numbers are restricted to the integer (in this case) ...
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Matchstick Game

Consider the following $2$ player finite extensive game. Player $1$ moves first. She must choose an integer from $1$ to $10$, and place that number of matchsticks on the table. Next, Player $2$ must ...
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Imperfect Substitutes and Utility Funcitions

The utility function for perfect substitutes is defined as U(X,Y) = aX + bY. If the two goods X&Y are imperfect substitutes what would be their utility function?
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What's the market equilibrium price for the used good?

On a perfectly competitive market, a buyer wants to buy a used good. He is willing to pay $30$ for a badly used good, and $60$ for a nicely used good. The seller is willing to sell a badly used good ...
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What is the difference between ordinary income effect and endowment income effect?

As far as I understand: Ordinary income effect: A change in the price of good 1 will affect my future behaviour (the quantities that I will buy of good 1 and good 2). But it doesn't really affect my ...
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Will an increase in a complementary good with price unchanged move demand curve right and quantity demanded right, as well?

This graph shows the quantity of electricity that consumers demand at a regulated price set by the government. Adjust the graph by dragging the dot or the demand curve (or both) to show the effect of ...
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Strategy sets and SPNE

I need to find the startegy sets for the two players in this game. I understand that the game has only one subgame, that is, the entire game. I cannot seem to understand the strategy sets of the ...
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What are general equilibrium effects?

Im reading alot on public finance and have been seeing alot of mention of measuring "general equilibrium effects". I know what general equilibrium is, but i dont know what general equilibrium ...
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MRS of good X for good Y

I'm having some confusion with using the terminology of MRS. For example, let's take up this question: If good 1 is a “neutral,” what is its marginal rate of substitution for good 2? The answer is:...
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Profit Maximization and Returns to Scale

Assume a labor-intensive production function: $Q(L)=L^\beta$ Find demand of labor that maximizes profits (unconditional demand $L(p,w,r)$), the demand of labor that minimizes costs (unconditional ...
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Have I found the correct Emission Price

Let's say that there is a hotel owner $(H)$ and a woodworker $(W)$ working in close proximity to one another. The woodworker produces $x$ units to sell at market at $p_{x}=6,5$. From the woodworking ...
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How Does Production Possibility Curve Shift (Partially)?

Textbook: "Suppose that a new pizza assembly line improves the pizza production process and that the development of the new assembly line does not require the use of more of society's resources. ...
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Can I make this assumption about the utility function?

My question concerns a household's utility function U(c,l). We're told that the partial derivatives dU/dc and dU/dl > 0, and the second order partial derivatives are negative. Now, can I assume ...
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Book recommendation: first year economics course

Can anyone help me find a nice introduction (possibly popular economics) into the field of black market economics.
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supply-demand imbalance

I have a basic question What are the different means/mechanisms available to address supply-demand imbalance? The answers that come to my mind are : Using pricing (when demand > supply) Using ...
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What is the reason behind the demand function of a perfect complement good?

so I know that usually the income curve is equal to: $$x_1p_1 + x_2p_2 = m$$ if we rearrange this equation we get that the demand for good one ($x_1$) is equal to: $$x_1 = \frac{m-x_2p_2}{p_1}$$ None ...
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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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Supply/Demand Curve Equation (beginner) [duplicate]

The linear demand function is $Q_D = a + b(P)$. I understand from this thread that it can be thought of as a simplification/magnification of the overall demand curve. Is there an equation that ...
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Constant absolute risk aversion and certainty equivalent

I need to prove that Constant Absolute Risk Aversion (CARA) is equivalent to \begin{gather} \int u'(x)dF(x) = u'(c(F,u)) \end{gather} where $u(x)$ is a Bernoulli utility function, $F$ is the ...
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If a weak preference relation is complete and transitive, why is the strict preference relation negatively transitive?

My textbook says that "if a weak preference relation is complete and transitive, the strict preference relation MUST be asymmetric and negatively transitive". Now, I think I understand why it must be ...
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What does it mean when marginal profit is the same due to the “competitive principle”?

I am reading "Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labor" by W.A. Lewis and he states that Though the capitalised sector can be subdivided into islands, it remains a single sector ...
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Why do we have to normalize the income of consumers when working with an Edgeworth Box in a simple trade model with Pareto optima?

I was studying microeconomics and I confess I am not the brightest person for maths and sorry if this is very dumb but I get that we CAN normalize the income and I get where it comes from and how it ...
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indifference curve slope from utility function

in the economics book that I'm reading right now it is written that this utility function: $$u(x_1,x_2) = 2x_1 + x_2$$ yields indifference curves with a slope of $−2$. Could someone please explain me ...
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What does the sun product of price times quantity divided by average price

I have a very simple question, what is the meaning, if any, of this? I.e. Economically what does the following calculation mean? $$ \left(\frac{(Q1\cdot P1)+(Q2\cdot P2)+(Q3\cdot P3)}{Q1 + Q2 + Q3}\...
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Microeconomics, deriving demand equations from utility unction

Utility function: U=X+XY and I=XPx+YPy Good Y is a composite good, so Py= 1 What would be the demand function for good X? I got Mux=1+y and Muy=x and since Mux/Px=Muy/Py 1+y/Px=x/py so that I=XPx+(...
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Marginal rate of substitution(yx) question

For utility function U= ln(x)+Y How do I determine if MRS(yx) is diminishing or not for this question? I got Mu(x)=1/x and Mu(y)= 1 MRS(yx)=Mu(y)/Mu(x)= 1/1/x = x Does this mean that MRS(yx) is ...
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Purpose of a monotonic transformations in utility functions

Based on my economics book, monotonic transformations for a utility function can look something like this: $f(u) = u + 17 $ or even like this: $f(u) = u^3$ That being said what it purpose in the ...