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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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Software used for solving demands of different functions

I'm currently doing some research on demand systems and have been experimenting with different underlying utility functions which will generate different systems of demands. However I've been doing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the term for requiring taxes/regulatory changes to be above a certain threshold to overcome organisational communication barriers

Help remembering the specific term for the following would be very much appreciated! The following: When a government implements a tax/regulation that is too low in stringency, the new policy may not ...
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Where can I find research on the impact of informal/unregulated suppliers on prices and externalities?

I am looking for research and papers on the impact of informal/unregulated suppliers on market prices and negative externalities. I am particularly interested in the manufacturing sector.
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profit maximization intuition capital(K) and labor (L)

$$\underset{K,L}{\text{max}}\;\;{F(K,L)−rK−wL}$$ What is the difference between maximizing profit using this process above, or simply increasing each factor of production by 1 when the existing number ...
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Generalizing demand for perfect substitutes utility function

I have the utility function: $U(x_1,...,x_n)=a_0+\sum_{i=1}^{n}a_ix_i\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;a_j\in\mathbb{R}_+ \;\;\forall j=\{0,...,n\}$ (maybe $a_0$ could be zero) $\sum_{i=1}^{n}a_i\in (0,K)\;\;\;$ ...
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How do soda bottler costs break down?

I am curious what the typical breakdown of costs is for a soda bottler in the United States. I realize there are variations depending on region and brand. I am looking for ballpark estimates based on ...
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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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Lerner Index Interpretation?

How do you interpret the Lerner Index? I ask because at Uni. we have been told that, for monopoly, when the producer max. his profit, he sets the price such as the demand is elastic and the lerner ...
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Deadweight Loss Due to Taxes Represented on a Graph of the Market?

Let's say a market is operating at equilibrium, with MSB=MSC, and a tax is imposed on the market. This would shift the supply curve to the left and cause a deadweight loss represented by the triangle ...
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Opportunity cost of goods provided free of cost

If the government of a country decides to provide certain good free of cost to its citizens, what can one say about the opportunity cost? Government is certainly using the revenues raised from the ...
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Is there a standard term for this tradeoff when subsidizing: inducing dependence vs providing support?

I've often heard it informally argued "people will become lazy if you give them handouts". Although I doubt the economic sophistication of most such assertions, I do think they have a real point: you ...
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making a utility model for CO2 compensating travel demand

I'm trying to make a model which is build around the idea of carbon offsetting fuel (the consumer pays an extra fee per litre fuel for the compensation of the emitted CO2). The goal here is to make a ...
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Time-dependent market-clearing equilibrium price

I'm working my way through Chiang and Wainwright's Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics (4th ed) while holed up at home. On p. 532, in exercise 16.4 2. (b), the authors ask you to find the ...
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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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Is it possible and logical to have an upwards sloping budget line?

The question I have is, for example, say Garry has two goods, cookies he pays 1 to consume a cookie and a maximum of 10 can be consumed, whilst he gets PAID 2 to consume vegetables. Garry is also ...
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Why is imputed rental income for owner-occupied housing included in the measurement of household income?

In the National Income Dynamics Study in South Africa, total household income is measured by totalling labour income, government income, investment income, capital income, agricultural income, ...
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A question about homothetic function

What class of homothetic functions $y=f(x_1,x_2,...,x_n)$ is also homothetic in any $n-1$ factors, with the $n$-th factor held fixed at some level?
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What are Frisch Demands useful for?

Frisch demands are demand equations found usually in an intermediate step of the standard utility maximization problem. By example for the basic two-good case of a consumer with quasilinear ...

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