# 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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### Derive the cost function for a Homothetic production function

I'm having trouble understanding the steps in showing that a Homothetic production function's cost function must be expressible in the form $C(w, q) = a(w)b(q)$. Since the production function is ...
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### Deriving the translog production function

Ive been having difficulty deriving the translog production function defined as: $$\ln y=\alpha_0+\sum_{i=1}^n\alpha_i \ln x_i+\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i=1}^n\sum_{j=1}^n\ \beta_{ij}\ln x_i\ln x_j$$ I know ...
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### what is the interpretation of $\beta_{ij}$ in the translog production function?

The translog production function is defined as the following. $$\ln y=\alpha_0+\sum_{i=1}^n\alpha_i \ln x_i+\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i=1}^n\sum_{j=1}^n\ \beta_{ij}\ln x_i\ln x_j$$ I know it is a ...
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### Proof that the budget set is closed [closed]

Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green's Microeconomic Theory affirms the budget set is closed. I would like to know why. The definition of open set in the book is the following:
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### Contour set in Mas-Collel, Winston and Green

Mas-Colell, Winston and Green's Microeconomic Theory uses the notion of contour set, as shown hereunder: In the context of Microeconomic Theory, what would be the definition of a contour set?
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### Is this market monopoly or duopoly?

Could you help me to identify monopoly, because I got confused. There is a company with market share of 54 %. The second one has market share of 21 %. Can this market be characterized as monopoly or ...
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### Textbooks addressing Markov decision processes in microeconomics/game theory/decision theory?

I have learned about the Markov decision process (MDP) formalism in the context of machine learning. I know that micro theorists also study MDP's, and agent behaviour in this context (both single and ...
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### Which utility function yields following demand $\alpha p^{\epsilon}$ [duplicate]

I am looking for a utility function that will lead to the following demand $$\alpha p^{\epsilon}$$. I know it is most likely a CES utility since the elasticity of demand is constant and this is ...
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### Rigorous solution of Stackelberg leader-follower game with N-players?

In the classical two-player Stackelberg game (sequential Cournot) we have a linear demand function $P = 1 - Q$ where $Q = \sum_0^2 q_i$, and we assume homogenous production cost $c$. By starting from ...
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### Coefficients of Cubic Total Cost Function

Given a Total Cost equation $TC(Q) = a + bQ + cQ^2 + dQ^3$ what do the coefficients mean? For example $a$ is fixed costs, what are $b,c,d$ and how are they calculated?
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### Multiple Forgone Job Opportunities and Economic Profit

I'm told that forgone job opportunities are implicit costs, to be included in calculating economic profit, but I can't seem to see how I could list and consider many different forgone opportunities. ...
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### What are the difference and relation between the concepts of business process and business strategy? [closed]

What are the difference and relation between the concepts of business process and business strategy? For example, the process of strategy planning consists of the following steps: formulate missions ...
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### Economic interpretation of the concavity of the expenditure function

What is the interpretation of the expenditure function's being concave?
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### Do the three ways of measuring producer’s surplus give the same result?

In the Firm supply chapter of the microeconomics Varian's book, they show "three equivalent ways to measure producer’s surplus" using marginal cost, average cost and the average variable cost curves. ...
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### Effect on revenue of changing price of unitary demand elastic product

In my introductory microeconomics class, a problem set had the following question: If the price elasticity of demand for Snickers bars is 1, what will a 1% increase in its price do to the total ...
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### Would this hypothetical firm exit in the long run?

I'm trying to work out the following problem for my microeconomics course, using the standard method we have been taught. Problem: Output is a function of inputs $x_1$ and $x_2$, $y=x_1^{1/2}x_2$. ...
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### Advance Microeconomics [closed]

Show that u=a+bM-yM^2 represents a risk averter's utility function who is interested only in the mean and the variance of the state distribution of Income M. Can anybody send me the full solution. ...
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### What data/factors/attributes do the professionals monitor in a top-down analysis on the macroeconomics?

I am learning to do top-down analysis on a number of sectors in the US equity markets. I have never done it before and I would appreciate it if some professionals can share their experiences with me. ...
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### What is value in the context of microeconomic analys for case of monopoly profit maximization

I'm trying to refresh my microeconomics knowledge. And I have some "blind spots" I just can't fix. Let's say we have a monopoly on the market. It's usual goal is to maximize it's profits. The point ...
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### Calculating Market Concentration without sales data

I want to calculate market concentration (HHI and C4) but I don't have sales data. Is it accurate to use the share of establishments of each firm as a proxy for market power? Could you list some ...
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### How to calculate marginal utility with two goods?

I'm just getting started as an amateur into microeconomics and I really can't understand this thing about marginal utility when more than one good is involved: Let's say I have the utility function U ...
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### How does social cost and social benefit work?

I am really lost right now. I have a test tomorrow and I am stressing out. Whatever I look at for externalities, which could be my textbook, a website, notes from class, they all contradict each other....
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### Imperfect Price Discrimination profit per group

During imperfect price discrimination is it possible to determine profit per group. For example: Aggregated Cost function: C(Q) = 18*Q + 5; where Q = q1 + q2 Aggregated Demand (AD) for group 1: q1(...
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### General Equilibrium Involving Production

I need a little conceptual clarification. For a standard $N*K*M$ general equilibrium model, would an allocation, say, $y^k$ be Pareto Optimal if it does not solve $max(py^k)$? I understand that the ...
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### Determining Another Possibility For a Microeconomics Question

If new, more advanced equipment reduces the amount of labor needed to produce an increased level of output, then The AVC curve will shift upward The MC curve will shift upward The ATC curve will ...
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### Majority Rule and Single Peakedness

Majority Rule will induce non empty choice set if individual preferences are single peaked Is this statement true? I have some trouble in understanding the meaning of 'single peakedness' in context ...
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### Understanding Classical Rationality at a Basic Level

I am a high school student in an intro Microeconomics class (note that we have not covered utility functions) and I'm utterly confused about the classical concept of rationality. I certainly ...
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### Proof of Expected utility theorem with three outcomes

I am trying to prove the expected utility theorem with three outcomes. The expected utility with $n$ outcomes is rather cumbersome and long in the economics textbook Mas-Colell. But I was hoping that ...
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### Is the definition of Investment variable in Economics?

I studied that Investment is the expenditure incurred on the procurement of such goods that would help us in production of goods and services. And mainly consists of Fixed and Inventory Investment ...
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### Finding individual utility

There are N agents living in an economy with two goods, $X$ and $Y$. Their preferences are described by the following utility function $u(X,Y) = 2 \sqrt{XY}$. Each agent is endowed with 1 unit of $X$ ...
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### Competitive Market - Production & Number of Firms

The question is as follows: The inverse market demand for provision of gas services is given by p(y) = 1/(1+y), where p is the unit price and y measures output in appropriately scaled units. Suppose ...