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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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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 ...
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Anscombe and Auman Expected Utility

I would like to hopefully get some insights on the Anscombe and Aumann Expected utility. I've read some proofs and understood the Expected Utility Theorem (VNM) which allows us to approach consumers ...
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Elasticity of Substitution between 2 factors, without knowing relative prices

I'm trying to figure out the elasticity of substitution between input $s$ and input $v$. I know that the marginal rate of substitution between these two inputs are $\frac{v^2}{s(v+k)}$, where $k$ is ...
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Why is the expected value conditional on the trade taking place in an adverse selection problem?

I have been asked the following question, and I don't understand why the expected value of the firm is conditioned on the trade taking place. "Suppose that a firm owns a business unit that it wants ...
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Law Of Variable Proportions

In the Law of Variable Proportions, it is said that a producer prefers to work in the second phase where it is the phase of diminishing returns while number of variable factors are increased. But ...
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Contribution by each factor

Must admit it has been many years since I have done advanced calculations or anything remotely like it, so please bear with me. I have problem that I hope to get some help with. Say I have below ...
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Regression on derived consumer preference

I have a data set with some demographics of consumers who bought a product that can be used to imply their preference (beta) using Cobb-Douglas (see comments of original question). I’d like to check ...
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Signaling questions (separating equilibrium)

Consider two firms Inverse functions: $p(q)=max\{a-q,0\} $ $q$ is total production and a is positive constant. This value of a takes two values ah=2 (high demand) and aL=1 (low demand). Their ...
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what is the project monitoring and impact analysis(PMIE)?

what is the project monitoring and impact analysis(PMIE)? Can anyone explain basic features of this?
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Model of sales of a new product

I am looking for any popular model to calculate sales of a new product under the assumption that some goodnesses of the product are given. For example, the novelty $N$ and usefulness $U$ of a new ...
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Charging a minimum increment on the second price in online advertising auctions

Many ad servers running GSP auctions tend to charge a $0.01 increment on the second price. I was wondering if there was any theoretical basis for this, or is it just a way for ad servers to make a ...
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Firm's profit max problem, in present value terms

So I am kinda stuck on this question. The question goes as follows: Consider a multiperiod firm, selling q1 units of a product in period t=1 at spot price P1 and q2 units in period t=2 at spot price ...
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Using aggregate marginal revenue as a way to estimate demand

We also know that for a competitive market, the supply curve is the sum of the marginal cost curves. Can one make an extension of this idea to having the demand curve being equal to the sum of ...
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Present value of perpetual rise in income

If a student successfully completes an MBA program in 2 years, he will earn $50,000 more than what he could earn without the degree for his lifetime. Calculate the present value of this perpetual rise ...
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What are the (immediate) effects of changing a good's price on consumer and producer surplus?

Basically, I'm trying to understand why the total surplus is maximized at the equilibrium and what happens if the price isn't at the equilibrium. Say the price of a good is the equilibrium price. ...
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MRS in Walrasian equilibrium price expression?

I have the utility function $U^A=\alpha ln(x^A)+\beta ln(y^A)$ for consumer $A$ and $U^B=\gamma ln(x^B)+\phi ln(y^B)$ for consumer $B$. They are endowed with $\omega^h_x$ and $\omega^h_y$ of $x$ and $...
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Best strategy for investing and buying out property with many owners(20+)

First I am not economist, so sory if I am not using economicaly correct language. But this is a real life situation. I would like to know what are the buy out strategies for investor when he has to ...
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Is production side (or so called “firms”) considered in “social welfare”?

When micro-economists refer to "social welfare" as measure of an outcome of a competitive equilibrium economic model, or "welfare economics" in general, is this taken to include a measure of the ...
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How big is the consumer surplus for typical consumer goods?

Economic transactions happen when both think it will benefit them - that is, when there are gains from trade on both sides. But that says nothing about the size of that gain. If you're a consumer, ...
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MWG Example 3.E.1

I do not understand how Mas-Collel, Whinston, and Green derive the Hicksian demand functions in Example 3.E.1 in their textbook. Allow me to give further background regarding the problem: The ...
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Is a lack of “rules” dangerous for cryptocurrency

An issue/disadvantage that the gold standard had was a lack of mechanisms that forced economies to abide by the rules of the game. As a result, they could at any time de-monetize gold and therefore ...
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Why are share repurchases particularly accretive?

From the "Manual of Ideas"... VALUE CREATION VIA BUYBACKS Share repurchases tend to be particularly accretive in the case of companies generating cash from operations while trading below tangible ...
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Deriving a Best Response Function in Baik (1994)

I'm reading a game-theory related paper*, and I'm not following the derivation of some property of the best-response functions. Suppose I have two players $1$ and $2$, whose strategies are ...
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Block pricing vs Perfect price discrimination

I have just learned about Perfect price discrimination and block pricing. And I was wondering, in the case of these two graphs Block pricing & Perfect price discrimination. Why, in case of the ...
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General Equilibrium allocation holding fixed a consumer's utility

I'm having some issues with solving this general equilibrium exercise. The way I started off is by assuming that since consumer 2's utility is fixed, he will have a fixed utility function. Then ...
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Deviating from Cournot-Nash

Suppose player $1$ and $2$ are playing a simultaneous move game where with continuous strategies $x_1$ and $x_2$. The Cournot equilibrium is $x_1^*,x_2^*$. The following diagram purports to show that ...
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What's the relation between deadweight-loss and alpha in Cobb-Douglas?

I'm studying for an exam and facing a question about the relationship between the $\alpha$ of the Cobb-Douglas function and the loss of utility of imposing taxes. If I have understood correctly, ...
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Intertemporal choice with no income flow in the second period

Question: Suppose Mr X maximises his utility for two periods, his total utility is given by log $c_1$ + $\beta$ log $c_2$ where $\beta$ $\in$ ( 0,1) and $c_1$ and $c_2$ are his consumption for ...
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Non-linear budget constraints written as union/intersection of linear budget constraints

Let $w$ denote wage. Let the price of each unit of food be $p_1$, the price of the first $M$ units of electricity be $p_2$ and the price of each unit of electricity over $M$ units is $q_2$. $M$ is ...
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Terminology for separability in price and value

Take an agent with mean-variance utility over something that is uncertain: $$ U(x) = \mu_x^\theta - \sigma_x^\lambda $$ $A\in \{0,1\}$ happens if $U(x)>0$, and $x$ is a random variable $$ A = \...
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Firms Entry/Exit Due to Economic Profit in a Perfectly Competitive Market

According to the textbooks,in a long run equilibrium, the market price will be equal to the minimum point of firm's ATC curve. But every firm's ATC curve will differ i.e each one of them will have ...
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Technology, Prices, and the Derived Demand for Energy

I was reading the paper by Berndt and Wood (1975), "Technology, Prices, and the Derived Demand for Energy". It was an interesting paper to read but there has not been anything done on this in nearly ...
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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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How can I model immigration and xenophobia economically using these equations?

I'm trying to put together a toy model for immigration ($I$), labor prices ($w$), and a measure of xenophobic/nationalistic sentiment ($A$). What I've come up with so far is the following: $$\frac{dI}...
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Price discrimination

If I have 3 consumers who I want to sell package 1, 2 and 3 to respectively. Meaning consumer 1 I would like to sell package 1 to, consumer 2 I would like to sell package 2 to and so on. The packages ...
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Increased inflation rate on borrowers and lenders

I'm trying to understand a concept in microeconomics. So if inflation increases while nominal interest rate stays the same, what are the substitution effects and income effects on borrowers and ...
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Metric for evaluating sales with dynamic pricing

Suppose you have a sausage maker. He buys batches of ground meat, then makes and sells sausages. Suppose each batch of ground meat makes N sausages, and each batch has specific level of quality that ...
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How does one derive the elasticity of substitution with implicit functions?

I would like to derive the elasticity of substitution. I'm aware that such a thread with a very straightforward explanation already exists, but my case is slightly different and I'm not sure how to ...
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Perfect complement outputs with each output being composed of substitutable inputs

How does one solve the following maximization problem? $\underset{K_1, K_2, L_1, L_2}{\text{maximize }} min\{K_1 + L_1,K_2 + L_2\}$ subject to $c(K_1 + \mu K_2) + \beta c(L_1 + \mu L_2)$ where $c(...
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Microeconomics and management science of professional open source companies?

Are there research (and stories more broadly) about professional open source companies? To what types of products their are appropriate, what licensing schemes to choose? How to managed patents and IP?...
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Can the Goodwin Model of cyclical labor growth be applied in a micro context to specific industries?

I have been doing a bit of research into the Goodwin Model (1967), which generates cycles of economic activity. I understand that this is mostly used in macroeconomics. However, I am curious if this ...
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What is the name for this turn-based property trading game?

Does anyone know what the following allocation strategy is called? Problem: How to allocate N rooms to N roommates? Example: allocate 4 rooms (1,2,3,4) amongst 4 roommates (A,B,C,D) total rent of $...
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Some issues with HRS (Health and Retirement Study) data

I am using the 1992 HRS (Health and Retirement Study) dataset. The codebook is available at http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/modules/meta/1992/core/codebook/14_h1.htm I am trying to construct the share ...
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Where to start, to know the cost, in hours of work, necessary to produce one more car (or any other good)?

Let's say I want to buy a car. It costs that, so I can know that, for example, I have to work 3 months to pay for it. But does the car really needs three months of human work to be build? What is the ...
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competitive equilibrium with density functions

Assume there are two competitive markets for goods a and b. Each consumer will either purchase one unit of a and none of b, or one of b and none of a. Consumers never consume both goods. Utilities are ...
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How to compute Social Welfare in this model?

The first part of this scientific article analyzes reward-based crowdfunding. The assumptions are: Seller is a monopolist Unit mass of consumers Unit demand Two periods Individuals are identified by $...
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How Would a Firm Which Produces a Giffen Good Maximize Profits?

I am curious as to how a firm which produces a giffen good would maximize profits? Having an upward sloping demand curve seems to imply that we cannot guarantee that there exists a quantity where ...
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Shape of Isoprofit Curves for Strategic Complements

Two goods are strategic complements if: $$\frac{\partial \pi_1}{\partial q_2}>0\;\text{and}\;\frac{\partial \pi_2}{\partial q_1}>0$$ The image below is a picture of best response functions and ...
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What are the currently accepted methods to estimate a firm's productivity?

While there are a lot of methods one can think of, like computing the ratio of profits to assets or profits to sales, apparently it is a difficult problem. It would be useful to know how effectively ...
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How do environmental deregulations push an economy inside its Production Possibility Frontier and make it inefficient?

I read in a textbook that if we plot a PPF with automobile manufacturing and clean air as the axes and the company pollutes the state making clean air (a public good) scarce, automobile manufacturing ...