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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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A manifold of agents?

In contract theory and mechanism design, if the agents have one-dimensional characteristics, then they are usually considered as a contiuum on $\mathbb R$; if they have n-dimensional type, then they ...
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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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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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The second welfare theorem without monotonicity

Are there non monotonic preferences that are strictly convex and continues but the second welfare theorem does not hold for them?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Difficulty Understanding CPI (Consumer Price Index)

Here's a question about CPI in my microeconomics text (Pindyck), which I don't seem to understand: The price of computers has fallen substantially over the past two decades. Use this drop in price ...
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Is expensive private school a rational investment?

In Australia, successive conservative Federal governments have increased the share of public funding for non-government schools, and for the top schools the amounts of annual funding are many millions ...
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What is the trade-off between? Consumption and Leisure or Income and Leisure?

When first presenting the utility function and its arguments, textbooks typically start by stating that utility is a function of consumption and leisure. See for example https://sites.hks.harvard.edu/...
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Index of an Excess Demand Vector

Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green, in Microeconomic Theory (third edition), postulate the concept of an index for an excess demand vector, which is later used in the Index Theorem: A regular equilibrium ...
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Independence Axiom for Linear Utility - Who proved this first?

Who first proposed the following axiomatization of linear utility using Independence? I remembered that it was Debreu but I am not so sure. What was the first paper proving this? Consider a ...
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Rotation of Quasilinear Utility

Let $u(x,y)=f(x)+y$ be a quasilinear utility. Now we rotate it by 45 degrees, (such that the $x-$axis becomes the direction of $(1,1)$) $v(x,y)=f(x-y)+x+y$. Is $v$ also a quasilinear utility? What is ...
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Integrability of Demand

I wondered if someone would be willing to provide an intuitive presentation of the so-called integrability of demand/integrability conditions. My own knowledge of these conditions is that they're ...
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On complements and substitutes with a CES function

Define the CES function $q : \mathbb R_+^n \to [0,1]$ by \begin{align} q(x) = \left[\frac{1}{n}\sum_{j=1}^n{x_j^\frac{\sigma-1}{\sigma}}\right]^\frac{\sigma}{\sigma-1} \end{align} where $x \in \mathbb ...
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Have any economics papers used unified cure models?

Does anyone know if there are unified cure models (aka split population models) in time-until-employment studies that combine the mixture cure approach with the promotion time approach as described in ...
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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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Cournot competition subgame perfect Nash equilibrium with two products

QUESTION: Assume there are two types of products, labelled $l$ and $n$. Firms compete in the market by choosing which product to sell and then choosing the quantities. Let $Q_n$ and $Q_l$ denote the ...
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Bayesian Nash Equilibria: Strong and Weak Types

I need a little help with the question. I understand that since both players have two types each, there will be 4 different payoff matrices to be considered, $(S,S)$,$(S,W)$,$(W,S)$,$(W,W)$, each type ...
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What is the difference between imperfect substitutes and complements in a production function?

According to the following definition: ...
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Economics of Selling Software

My understanding: Normally, selling a product has an increasing marginal cost per unit produced. Very often this increases more and more due to poor allocation of resources (diminishing returns). ...
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Take It Or Leave It Strategy: Social Optimum

Here is what I understood Using Backward Induction, I inferred that buyer offers a price, say, $P$ and the seller will sell only if $P \geq c(I)$. Setting the lowest possible Price that will ensure ...
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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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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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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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Real world examples of supply curve shapes

I get the basic intuition that at higher prices, produces would be willing to produce more, but I feel like theory can only take my understanding so far. I want to know what are the real world ...
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proof verification in George J. Mailath and Andrew Postlewaite (2001b)

I am reading George J. Mailath and Andrew Postlewaite (2001), and this is the lemma 1 in this paper. I don't understand the induction process in this proof. I think that we should use the fact that $...
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What is Application of Vector Algebra in Economics?

I through one tutors heard that vector is used in economics . But on searching about it on internet could not find anything Recently I studied about Vectors in Mathematics So I was wondering how ...
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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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Three consumers three goods competitive equilibrium

I have the economy described by the three consumers above with their respective preferences and endowments. I'm not so sure about how to proceed towards the competitive equilibrium...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between solving for utility maximization separately or aggregately?

I derived the Walrasian equilibrium for an economy of two consumers with their respective utility functions (u1, u2) and initial endowments but later on I am asked to maximize (u1+u2). Does anyone ...
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Difference between Giffen and inferior goods. Why aren't all inferior goods Giffen goods?

What is the difference between an inferior good and a Giffen good? Are the two following definitions for an inferior good equivalent? Def 1: An inferior good is a good for which the demand decreases ...
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Lagrangian multiplier

Consumer's problem \begin{equation} \max \sum_{t}\beta^{t}[c_{t}-1/2(1-x_{t})^{2}], \end{equation} \begin{equation} \ s.t. c_{t}+q_{t}b_{t+1} \leq (1-\tau_{t})(1-x_{t})+b_{t}, \end{equation} where c=...
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Vertical Marginal Cost curves

When would a marginal cost curve be vertical? I understand this happens when the marginal cost jumps, from say 0 to 100, but in such a case, I think there should be a discontinuity rather than a ...
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Calculate optimal discount for product bundling

So recently I made some rules with my transaction data. Based on it I can determine which products are profitable to bundle it together. But even though I know e.g. product A→ product B, are there ...
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Quasi-linear Optimal Consumption Bundle

I have a question involving optimal consumption bundles for quasi-linear preferences. Utility is given by $$U(x_1,x_2) = 16\sqrt{x_1} + 2x_2$$ and $p_1 = 8, p_2 = 4, I = 30$. What I have so far ...