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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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How accurate is duality?

In economic theory we know that with the use of some calculus, Hotellings Lemma and Sheppards lemma we can derive a given firms supply function and in term its Profit function. With data of a given ...
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Modern theory of integrability of demand?

I am aware of Hurwickz Uzawa work in integability, neatly summarized by Border http://people.hss.caltech.edu/~kcb/Notes/Demand4-Integrability.pdf I am wondering if there is any modern treatment of the ...
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Queuing Discipline and Lipschitz Continuity

I was reading a paper by Platz and Østerdal (2014) titled "The curse of the first-in-first-out queue discipline". I was wondering about a particular section of it, particularly the part about last-in-...
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Calculus and Indifference Curves in an Urban Economics Example

I am reading the paper 'The Structure of Urban Equilibria' by Jan Brueckner. It uses a monocentric city model, where all consumers earn income $y$ at the centre of the city. They buy $q$ housing for ...
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Local and Central Wage Bargaining: What Is the Difference?

Consider the following setting: Profit maximizing firms with production functions $\Pi(w,L)$, where $w$ is the wage and $L$ is employment. Unions who want to maximize the expected utility of their ...
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Has any progress been made on the Pacman Conjecture on Finite Time Horizons?

The Pacman conjecture states that the optimal strategy for monopolistic durable goods manufacturers is to set price high and slowly drop it (i.e. eating their way down the demand curve). Empirically ...
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Why do two-sided marketplaces often charge both sides of the transaction?

Why do marketplace apps often charge both sides of the transaction, when charging one side could raise as much (or more) revenue and be simpler? i.e. if the marketplace knows which side of the market ...
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Topological intuition to continuous preference relation

For a Microeconomics Course, we are going through MWG, and in the lecture we discussed the notion of a continuous preference relation. A preference relation $\succsim$ on a set $X$ is called ...
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utility maximization with nested Cobb–Douglas–CES preferences

I'm trying to understand the following paper: Hsieh & Ossa: A global view of productivity growth in China (2016). The pdf can be found here: https://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/chang-tai.hsieh/...
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Signalling Model (How to solve a differential equation?)

I'm currently reading "SAVING RATES AND POVERTY: THE ROLE OF CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION AND HUMAN CAPITAL" by Omer Moav and Zvika Neeman, and I encounter some problem deriving one of the equations. ...
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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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Parsing problem 1.D.5 in MWG

I am a little confused about the statement of 1.D.5 in MWG, which I will reproduce here for convenience. I have "solved" the problem, I just don't understand something particular. $\textbf{(...
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Which is a better intermediate micro textbook: Perloff (with calculus) or baby Varian (with calculus)?

I’m currently learning intermediate microeconomics with calculus. I know to take derivatives, partial derivatives, integrals, and multiple integrals, and I know some basic linear algebra (solving ...
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Afriat theorem for negative goods

GARP and Afrait theorem assume that the alternative $x\in\mathbb R_+$ is always positive. In some economic contexts, such as financial choices, the attribute can be negative. I wonder if we can ...
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Consumer Utility Maximization equivalent of economies of scope

Economies of scope captures the idea of having efficiency in variety. I've come across this idea only in producer theory to capture the idea that companies may benefit from their ability to reduce ...
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Understanding the Diewertt Cost Function

The Diewert cost function (as described in Microeconomic Analysis by Hal Varian 3rd Edition) takes the form of: $$c(w,y)=y\sum_{i=1}^k\sum_{j=1}^kb_{ij}\sqrt{w_iw_j}$$ Varian goes on to say (page ...
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Optimal Fight Purse and Boxing Strategies

The following is all public information available to all the players in this scenario. The General Setup In the aftermath of the infamous race between the tortoise and the hare, the salty hare went ...
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Equilibrium Uniqueness in a General Equilibrium Framework

I was wondering if anyone had any insight into the conditions that lead to a unique equilibrium in an exchange economy under a general equilibrium framework. More specifically, I know that the two "...
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Social Choice: from Independence axiom to Mixture symmetry axiom

Harsanyi's Utilitarian theorems' has been criticized by Diamond Cardinal Welfare, Individualistic Ethics, and Interpersonal Comparison of Utilities and others that, it is the morally unacceptable for ...
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Are there any economic studies of License-On-Transfer agreements?

A recent entry at GitHub's blog caught my attention: https://github.com/LOT. The "network" claims to provide protection from patent trolls by entering into an agreement automatically granting all ...
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Effects of ACA individual mandate vs AHCA surcharge

The US Congress is currently considering a new healthcare bill, the AHCA, which would replace the existing healthcare bill, the ACA. One of the major changes is the way each bill encourages people to ...
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Continuous logit models - random utility with uncountable choice set

This question is about the mathematical foundations of the continuous logit model, as derived in McFadden (1976) (https://eml.berkeley.edu/reprints/mcfadden/math_theory.pdf) and Ben-Akiva et al (1985) ...
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Some questions about Kyle's model in Continuous Auctions and Insider Trading (1985)

I was trying to understand Kyle'e Theorem 1 in page $1319$ in Continuous Auctions and Insider Trading in 1985. As we can see by the proof, this factor $\beta=\frac{1}{2\lambda}$ refers to the ...
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Calculating Social Welfare from an Energy Subsidy

In Allcott and Greenstone's paper, "Is there an energy efficiency gap?", one finds the following figure I quote now from p. 13: "When there are investment inefficiencies, the original marginal ...
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comparison of micro production functions

There are many different production function estimation methods, relevant for micro and firm data. For example Olley-Pakes, Levinsohn-Petrin, Ackerberg et al., Wooldridge etc. But does anyone know of ...
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Regarding the Expenditure Function Underlying a Bliss Point

I've been looking at expenditure systems and have been really interested in the behaviour of the demand system that underlies bliss points: Consider the bliss point utility function of the following ...
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What do game theorists think of behavioural economics?

Though behavioural economics has been popularized over the past decade in both industry and pop culture, it seems that not much has changed with regard to the standard economic definition of ...
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Linear Homothetic Utility

A Homothetic Utility is where $$ \forall x,y, \forall a \in \mathbb{R}_+: \ u(ax,ay)=au(x,y) $$ (or its monotonic transformation). A linear Homothetic utility is defined as $$ \forall x,y, \forall ...
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Asymmetric Nash Bargaining

The Nash bargaining solution selects the unique solution to the maximization problem $\max_{s_1, s_2 } (s_1 - d_1) (s_2 - d_2)$ such that the solution satisfy the following axioms : Invariance ...
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Trying to apply in practice the theory of finding the optimal price in a cournot competition

I recently received my bachelors degree in economics. For fun I wanted to try to apply some micro-economic theory of finding the optimal price in a cournot competition. I wanted to do this for a ...
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Are that models that explain how companies become more efficient?

I'm trying to model/understand the following intuition: Company makes a product Product gets sold, company makes a profit Company does something with the profit to become "better" at what they do: ...
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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 should I calculate bulk selling price for a small business?

Some friends of mine run a small business, in a small garage-like space, with a few employees, making and selling "plumbuses". The typical customer orders about 5 plumbuses at a time. When I heard ...
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Insurance question: need a brief explanation

Two risk averse people are identical in every way (including wealth, W , amount of loss, L, and utility function, U(W)) except they have different probabilities of loss. Suppose they want to buy ...
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Firm Dynamic Optimization Problem

A firm has received an order at time $0$ for $M$ units of product to be delivered by time $T$. It seeks a production schedule for filling this order at minimum cost. Let $x(t)$ denote inventory ...
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Mathematically optimal age to begin drawing Social Security retirement benefits as a function of expected life span?

So, for most of us Americans, our official retirement age is 66 and we get 100% of our retirement benefits. If we delay retirement, that benefit increases by 8% each year (up to age 70) and if we ...
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Choice rule and path independence

Question: A choice rule $C$ satisfies path independence if for all $A, B \in 2^X \setminus \emptyset$, $C(A \cup B) = C(C(A) \cup C(B))$. Prove that if $C$ is nonempty and rationalizable, then $C$ ...
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Sign of the endowment income effect

We define the change in demand due to income effect as (assume there are 2 goods and the price of only one of them, say $p_1$, changes) $dx_1^N = x_1(p_1 + dp_1, p_2, m) - x_1(p_1 + dp_1, p_2, m + dm)...
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Is it possible to derive the marginal product of an input using a transformation function?

I'm using a transformation function $F(\cdot)$ to describe a production set $y = (x, z, L, K)$, where $x$ and $z$ are private goods denoted by positive numbers, $L$ is labour input, $K$ is capital ...
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Transportation models in economics

How would one go about modelling the effectiveness of public transportation? More specifically how does one go about comparing two transit systems in terms of their ability to move a larger numbers of ...
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Appropriate economic/econometric tools to analyze segmented promotion optimization problem

I'm trying to determine which micro-economic/econometrics concepts, models, and/or tools are appropriate for an analysis of promotions. Below I Describe the problem in general terms Give ...
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Proof of Proposition 1.4 from Microfoundations I by Kreps

Regardless of the size of X (set of all possible objects), if a preference relation which is complete and transitive is defined on it, then the corresponding choice function generated by it will ...
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Optimal commodity taxation - solving for the optimal tax rates?

I need to solve for optimal tax rates for two products. In my model there are N identical households that maximize their utility function subject to a budget ...
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Can be the duality theorem applied to not locally non-satiated utility functions?

I have the following not locally non-satiated utility function: $$U(x,y)=-(x-1)^2-(y-2)^2$$ where $U(x,y): \, \!R^n_+ \rightarrow \!R $ The 3D plot of this function is an infinite paraboloid; ...
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What is the observable definition of “preference” by Frisch?

To make things weird, although Frisch was fully aware of the importance of random distribution in economics relations, he never mention the randomness in binary preference relations! How to define ...
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Show mathematically that in a competitive market, a price-taking firm has a zero profit. Also, justify the assumption that there is only one firm

Consider a firm that has a production function given by $F(x)$, where $x \in \mathbb{R}^n_+$. Assume that the function $F$ is strictly increasing in each argument, concave, twice continuously ...
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MWG_3D4_C, why the solution seems in reverse?

I'm doing exercises of Chapter3 of MWG, there's a problem that I don't understand (I didn't figure out the solution manual either...). It is about exercise 3.D.4, the full statement of the exercise is ...
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Micro foundations of the Phillips Curve

In a typical NKPC: $Inflation_t = \alpha_1 Inflation_{t-1} + (1-\alpha_1) \mathbb{E}_tInflation_{t+1} + \alpha_2 RealMarginalCost + \epsilon_t$ From a micro-foundations perspective, does the ...
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The envelope theorem and Viner's draftsman

In 1931 Viner wrote the paper "Cost Curves and Supply Curves" that famously contained the following mistake: Viner had asked the draftsman to draw the long run average cost curve so that it was ...
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Convex transaction costs

Why do we assume convex transaction costs in theoretic models? What is the intuition and the strict definition of this assumption? Well, I have in mind the Glosten model in 1994. Neither he provides ...

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