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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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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 ...
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Why is there so little automation at McDonald's?

I'm currently at a McDonald's in Norway (so, not a country where labour is dirt cheap, even for relatively unqualified jobs), and I'm struck by how manual every process is, from cooking the meat to ...
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Net present value of studying?

Suppose I attend college with 10k tuition fee per year meanwhile I have a part time job for 5k annually. After 3 years, I get a job for 45 years and earn 40k each year. What is my net present value in ...
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By continuity, the upper and lower contour sets of a bundle are closed [duplicate]

Mas-Collel, Winston and Green's Microeconomic Theory (3rd edition), states that the continuity of a preference relation implies the upper and lower contour sets of a bundle are closed. I would like to ...
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Should Company B enter the market in the following cases

Say Company A has a monopoly producing product E, at a constant marginal cost of $3$ USD. Say the ideal number of units produced is $1$ unit which produces a profit of $2$ USD (=$P_{A}$). Next, ...
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Is there a possibility to have an inferior good (x) in a utility function where x & y have 0 cross elasticity?

A question I got on an exam that I think I messed up on: If we have cross elasticity of 0 (x & y are independent), can x be an inferior good? I answered with a yes. Am I wrong?
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Understanding the proof using the mean value theorem

This is from Hopkins and Kornienko (2004) : Running to keep in the same place. The above proof is for the proposition 1 in this paper. I don't understand how the mean value theorem is applied in this ...
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Consumer Preference when Consumer only consumes $A$ or $B$

Let's say Sally either wants to coke or pizza, but never both. I am aware of the standard consumer preferences, such as Perfect Complements as well as Perfect Substitutes. But I have never heard ...
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By what means do prices change?

The classical supply and demand theory states that prices and quantities of a given good (in a perfectly competitive market) are determined by the supply and demand of that good, a shift in the demand ...
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Question on Finding the Correct Emission Tax $t$

Let there be two companies $U_{1}$ and $U_{2}$ where, initially $U_{1}$ produces and sells $x$ units at $p=18$. Production costs are $C_{U_{1}}(x)=\frac{1}{6}x^3$ and in the process $a$ units of ...
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Minimum wage divided by cost of living?

Is there some commonly known indicator that is defined as: Minimum wage divided by cost of living? I mean, I could call it that way, but perhaps people already have this indicator with a certain ...
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Why are so many pharmaceutical drugs so expensive? [closed]

In the US, the drug sofisbuvir, brand name sovaldir, and used to treat liver disease hepatitis C, was launched with a price tag of $1000 a pill; and in the UK, the manufacturer Gilead recommended a ...
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Logs and percentage change in equation

Suppose I have the following relationship between output $y$, capital stock $k$ and total factor productivity $tfp$, $$\frac{\partial y}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial k}{\partial tfp}*\frac{\partial tfp}...
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Estimation of a Non-linear production function with Non-linear least squares

Suppose that you have to estimate a Non-linear production function (for instance a Cobb-Douglas or a CES) by using Non-linear LS (and hence without log-linearization). You have just aggregate time ...
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Reason for marginal revenue is less than price in monopoly [closed]

I understand the fact that marginal revenue is less than price because in the monopoly firm faces a downward sloping demand curve. As well as, by expanding output firm is going to lower the all the ...
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In a perfectly competitive industry, why is apple considered best example of commodity? [closed]

Out of these options, shampoo apples ice cream hotels Why is apple considered to be the best example of commodity in a perfectly competitive industry? And Why not others?
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microeconmics: can a monopolistic firm be profitable if its marginal revenue is negative?

Statement: If a monopoly is producing a quantity for which its MR is negative, its total profit cannot be positive. Is this statement correct or incorrect, and why? I've read a lot about this, but ...
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Why does the incentive compatibility constraint bind (moral hazard)?

Consider a very basic model of moral hazard with two possible effort levels $e_L<e_H$ and two possible levels of output $y_L<y_H$. If the agent doesn't participate, they get utility of $\bar{u}$....
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Can Direct Taxes on the consumers have a impact on the Demand (rather than supply)?

I'm a 12th-grade student doing a school research paper evaluating the effectiveness of the recent increase in Additional Buyers Stamp Duty in the Singapore Housing market. This tax is directly imposed ...
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Market price, output that maximize the price and level of firm profit after applying a license fee

I'm currently working on a problem that says the following : At first we had a number N of firms in perfectly competitive industry,the exercice gives us the total cost and the Market Demand with p as ...
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The Crisis of Argentina

newbie here. Q1 - What needs to be done by the Argentinian government for their currency to regain back its strength? Q2 - Why has the Argentine Peso depreciated against the U.S Dollar for more than ...
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Calculating expected tenure of a customer

In his How To Project Customer Retention, Fader computes the expected tenure of a customer according to $$E = \sum_{t=0}^{\infty}S(t)$$ where $S(t)$ is the Survival Function. From a purely ...
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Economic interpretation of a CES production function

I am following a paper where a production function of this type is used. $$Y=\left [\beta K^{- \rho}+\alpha \eta \left (\frac{K}{L} \right )^{-c(1+\rho)}L^{- \rho} \right ]^{-1/\rho}$$ It is a ...
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what is $b(p)$ in the Almost Ideal Demand System?

In Hal Varian's Microeconomic analysis (page 213) he discusses the Almost Ideal demand system. There he describes the AIDS system as follows: The almost ideal demand system (AIDS) has an ...
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Homothetic preferences from indirect utility

Consider an indirect utility function on the form $v^{i}(\textbf{p},w^{i}) = a^{i}(\textbf{p}) + b^{i}(\textbf{p})w^{i}$ Where $\textbf{p}$ is a vector of prices and $w$ denotes income of ...