# 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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### About marshallian demands

Let an agent with utility function $U(x_1,x_2,x_3)=min\{ x_1, x_2 \} +x_3$. We want to maximize $U$ subject to $p_1 x_1+p_2 x_2 +p_3 x_3= I$ First intuitively $x_1^*=x_2^*$ substituting en the budget ...
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### Local Non-Satiation Proof

I have been having trouble with how to go forward with a proof for about three days now. I know the basic structure of the proof, but can't seem to construct it. Basically, I am trying to do a proof ...
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### Business agreement design - is there science behind this?

I am working on schemas how advertisement space is sold to the ad agencies, ad networks and individual customers. There are lot of questions involved how to design the business agreement. E.g. one can ...
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### Why is market power presumably high when goods are fungible and demand relatively inelastic?

What does the fact that the goods in an industry are fungible add to a market power analysis if you already know demand is relatively inelastic?
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### Which utility function yields a constant price elasticity of demand function?

How do I know which utility function I can use to find an isoelastic demand function, e.g., $x(p)=Ap^a$? And similarly, which cost function can I use to find an isoelastic supply function? Does it ...
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### Are monotonic and continuous preferences necessarily rational?

Let $\succsim$ be a strictly monotonic and continuous preference relation, and let $X=\mathbb{R}^{n}$ be the consumption set. Is rationality of $\succsim$ implied by these conditions? I think ...
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### Why use empirical macroeconomic models when they are not policy invariant (Lucas Critique)?

With high probability this question is duplicate, and I tried to find one already in the community, but I was unsuccessful. According to the Lucas Critique, in its more general terms, the problem ...
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### Production function and isoquant slope

Given the company's production function $f(L,K)=L^{1/3}K^{3/4}$, find slope of the isoquant passing through $(L,K)=(20,40)$ is equal to $-4/5$ (K is on the vertical axis). I need to state whether ...
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### Does the hoarding of perishable goods such as pulses and cereals make economic sense?

I was thinking about the idea of hoarding and the kind of news it is making in India. What strikes me is that hoarding of pulses and cereals does not happen the way people thinks because they are a ...
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### Is the contract curve orthogonal to the priceline?

Consider an exchange economy with two consumers A and B, two goods x, y. Consumers have identical preferences $U=xy$. Total available endowment are $E_x$ and $E_y$. This is the background of a ...
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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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### Why is instantaneous utility of current period discounted?

Consider a two period model of consumption. I'm confused by the fact that in the optimum condition it is the marginal utility of the current period that is discounted, not the marginal utility of the ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Can't Derive Expectation in Second Price Auction

I'm working on a SPA where we solve: $\max_{\beta \ge 0} Pr\{Winning\}[v - \mathbb{E}(b^{[2]} \ | \ b^{[2]} \le \beta)]$ We assume all beliefs on bids are independently and identically distributed ...
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### Sequential games and Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium

Reading the paper http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/002205319190155W I came up with the following question. Given that this paper deals with games in which players move simultaneously,...
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### Why is airbnb more expensive than priceline?

Some might say I have an addiction to Priceline Name Your Own Price, however, what I can tell you is that NYOP rates for 2.5* and 3* hotels are always better than the room options offered through ...
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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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### 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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### Maximisation problem in a multiproduct firm

I am currently reading the book "Microeconomics: Principles and Analysis" by Cowell on my own. I'm interested in the section of the multiproduct firm, but i'm confused with the use of the profit ...
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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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### 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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### 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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