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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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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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Empirical Evidence of Cournot Competition?

Is there empirical evidence to validate the use of Cournot competition between multiple suppliers and a buyer? Are there models which extend Cournot competition to different levels in a larger supply ...
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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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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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Fehr-Schmidt, Ultimatum game, Subgame-Perfect Nash Equilibrium

I'm studying the different variations of the ultimatum games. I've spent some time on this following game: Assume now that each player does not only care about the amount of money she receives, but ...
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The core and competitive equilibrium

Can someone please explain why the concept of a core is equivalent to a competitive equilibrium? I am just writing a term paper for my matching theory class and I'm having a hard time following along ...
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What does an interior Pareto-efficient allocation looks like in this set up?

"Had a question on a mid-term paper yesterday (now submitted). One question stumped me a little bit. In particular the "interior Pareto-efficient allocation" part stumped me (I'll ...
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Effects of change in tax on output

Suppose the government imposes a tax on each unit of output produced of $t. What is the firm’s new profit maximizing level of output? The question suggests the use of comparative to determine how a ...
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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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Find Price Elasticity of Demand for p = 0

Given a linear demand curve $q(p) = a - bp$, how would one find the price elasticity of demand at $p = 0$? The quantity that would be demanded is given: $Q_0 = a$ The formula for the price elasticity ...
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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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$a\geq 0$, $x\succsim y$ implies $x+a\succsim y+a$ so the preference is linear?

$\succsim$ is a continuous and local non-satiate weak order. $x,y,a$ are vectors in $\mathbb R^n$ We say $a\geq0$ if all directions of the vector $a$ is greater or equal to zero. We want to prove (...
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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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utility from providing public good as explained in Hindriks textbook

I think I understood the highlighted part: basically, by increasing $g^1$ my utility increases because more public good is being provided but at the same time it decreases because I have less money to ...
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How to go from demand elasticities to a demand function? (merger simulation)

I am reading this paper: https://econpapers.repec.org/article/oupjleorg/v_3a10_3ay_3a1994_3ai_3a2_3ap_3a407-26.htm (Werden and Froeb 1994) about merger simulation. The paper is above my level, so I'...
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Simulating a simple economy with … price-makers? arriving at competitive equilibrium

I'm new to economics and thinking about graduate study. My background is mathematics. I started reading a book on microeconomics by Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green. My goal is to understand how ...
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What changes do I, as an individual, experience during a recession?

There is a lot of talk about how we're approaching an economic recession. There is plenty of talk about how that would affect the world at large, but I haven't really found much on the level of ...
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What is the graphic intuition behind Marginal rate of subsitution

So I think I understand the math, but I don't understand the intuition on a 3d graph. Why does the ratio of partial derivatives give us a tangent line on a level curve(indifference curve)? My ...
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I have a dataset. How do I convert this data into Indifference Curves?

This is all hypothetical. I understand indifference curves. However, I don't understand how they are produced. I read this question, and the survey answer made sense to me... Research Design: ...
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How do I use a monopsony (product market) graph to show that a firm has more buying power over a supplier?

For instance, Tesco has more buying power over British farmers. How would I show this on a monopsony graph where Tesco has a surplus?
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Finding long run equilibrium price, quantity and number of firms with a linear average cost function

I've been been brushing up on my micoreocnomics lately and I came across a question in Perloff that looked really simple, but for some reason I am struggling to answer: Assume we are in the long run ...
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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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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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Research community around logistics micro-economic topics?

Is there the equivalent of a Rand Journal of Economics for the topic of logistics, focusing on the micro-economics of productivity gains via automation or disruptive technologies. There is the ...
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Isn't it trivial that preferences are single-peaked over two alternatives?

I'm studying Down's Median Voter Theorem which states that if voters have single-peaked preferences over two alternatives arranged along a one-dimensional political spectrum, a majority rule voting ...
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Use of the Lagrangian in empirical work

In my own studies I have noticed that many of the constrained optimization type questions that are often covered in intermediate/advanced microeconomics courses are seldom seen in more empirical types ...
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Econometrically estimating the Leontief cost function

in general the Leontief cost function is represented as: $$c(w,y)=y\sum_{i=1}^kw_ix_i$$ where: $$y=\min\left[{\frac{x_1}{\alpha_1},...,\frac{x_n}{\alpha_n}}\right]$$ How does one go about ...
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How to find the “cost function” given the production function *as well as* the cost per unit produced and the fixed costs?

I'm working on the following homework problem, transcribed verbatim: A firm has a production function defined as $y = 8L^{1/4}K^{3/4}$. The firm faces costs of \$20 wage, \$60 rental rate of ...
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Microeconomic Modeling of Zero-Rated content

I'm currently writing my Bachelor Thesis which discusses the Question: Does Facebook's free Basics Programm (A website which lets people in poor countries access Internet Services without paying ...
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Using Stata to perform power calculations

I want to use simulation in Stata to help me determine whether or not I will have sufficient statistical power to detect meaningful effects (should they exist) in a given data set using generalized ...
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Bayes Nash Equilibrium in a game with continuous actions

I am attempting to think through a particular type of game with continuous strategies, with Bayes Nash equilibrium as the solution concept. I first describe the game below, followed by questions. ...
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General equilibrium papers on universal basic income

Are there any microeconomics or general equilibrium articles on universal basic income? Papers dealing with general wealth transfer mechanisms where a basic universal income would be a subset of the ...
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Endowment increases but utility reduces

In an Edgeworth economy with two agents and two goods, Player A has endowment $\left(a,\,0\right)$ and utility $u_{A}\left(x_{1},\,x_{2}\right)=\min\left(\gamma x_{1},\,x_{2}\right)$ in which $\gamma&...
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Euler's Homogenous Function Theorem with elasticity

I'm currently reviewing my prof's slides in preparation for an exam. In one of them, he talks about Euler's Homogenous Function Theorem: Let $f(x_1, x_2, ..., x_n)$ be a function homogenous in ...
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Addressing endogenity in price elasticity and the Promotion Optimization Problem

I have data on purchases gross prices discounts (like coupons) net prices (i.e. gross price - discounts) number of leads (potential customers at any given time) conversion rates (# purchases / # ...
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Competitive prices, tax and lump sum cash transfer in case of externalities

An economy is made up of two people. The utility functions are $$u_1(x_{11},x_{12}) = x_{11}x_{12}$$ $$u_2(x_{21},x_{22}) = 2x_{21} + 2x_{22} −x_{11}$$ The initial endowments are $ω_1 = (1,0)$ and $...
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Economies of scale in Robinson Crusoe economy?

I encountered the following question: Which of the following will NOT exist in a one-man economy? 1. competition 2. private property rights 3. economies of scale Turns out the answer was 1 and 2. I ...
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Estimating Demand for Goods with n Choices

I have a data set containing n observations (rows) of mobile applications. The dependent variable is the number of installations -- the variable is categorical (with more than 2 categories). Therefore ...
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Does this conditional increase in income affect a budget line in the same way as an unconditional increase in income would?

It's been awhile since I've taken introductory microeconomics. I remember increases in income move budget line outward. What if the increases have some condition? The problem: Jill has $I$ to ...
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What are the best ideas for ecological accountability / justice within capitalism?

What are some best practices for including the hidden costs of ecological disruption into economic decision making? For instance, how can the cost-benefit of pollution be shifted toward conservation ...
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Is America economy, Connecitcut's economy, and the global in general recovering and better than the year 2008?

Please answer all three if you can. I live in Connecticut, America, and of course global trade and economies matter as we are becoming more global from technology. December 2007 the markets ...
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What are some ways to add quality to the supply-demand model?

Please excuse me, I hardly know anything about economics yet. When the quality of a product changes, the demand curve moves. But what if there are different versions of a product, of varying ...
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Short Run vs Long Run Cost Functions

Let $z_a$ and $z_b$ are two vectors of inputs. $z_a$ is variable in both long run and short run however $z_b$ is only variable in long run. Now let's suppose that the price of one of the inputs in ...
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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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Consumer Theory - Relationship between compensating variation (CV) and the equivalent variation (EV)

John consumes two products – X and Y and his preferences are represented by an unknown utility function – u(x,y) (we may assume his indifference curves are well-behaved). His income is m, while the ...
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If production function is concave, then demonstrate that profit function will also be concave

Show that concavity of firm's production function implies concavity of its profit function. (Hint: For a concave function, first order conditions gives the vector that maximizes the function) ...
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Von Neumann–Morgenstern implications for repeated strategic games

I am currently studying game theory and have just begun looking at repeated strategic games. In my lecture notes, it states that "preferences are unique up to an affine transformation", ...

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