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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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Compound lottery preference implies simple lottery preference

Suppose $\alpha>\beta$ and for two lotteries $L, L'$ $\alpha L + (1 - \alpha)L' \succ \beta L + (1- \beta) L'$ where $\succ$ implies preference. If the independence theorem holds, how do you ...
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Condition for a Nash equilibrium

Consider two people have a mutually advantageous relationship. That is, if both dedicate more effort to the relationship both improve. Specifically, each individual chooses a level of effort $x_{i}\...
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robinson economy with production

Facing a little bit of a problem with this questions, did a similar one BUT the utility function was not linear and got MRS dependent on goods (was not just a number) - here I am at a loss. The ...
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Decreasing and increasing returns to scale question

Hi, I have deduced that this function exhibit increasing returns to scale but I am not sure how to verify part d. My answer doesn't show that there is decreasing returns to scale but I can't be sure d ...
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wage/productivity, what does it show

I just confused about the fact that does wage/productivity show the wage gap? So if wage/productivity is the wage gap then by the increase in productivity the wage gap should decrease as the ...
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Homogeneity in Marshallian demand function

I have worked out the expenditure function for a Marshallian demand function, R represents a fixed cost and the questions asks about why the expenditure function is unusual. The answer explains it is ...
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How are preferences related to relative prices?

For instance, across regions of a country or between countries. Is that different preferences for food lead to distinct relative prices in different regions or countries? Or is it the other way ...
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Supply curve for a competitive firm with constant MC

I know that for a perfectly competitive firm, the supply curve is given by $p=MC \ge AVC$, where $AVC$ is the average variable cost. Now I get really confused when the $MC$ comes out to be a constant....
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Numerical Question on a subsidized monopoly

Suppose a government agency has a monopoly in the provision of internet connections. The marginal cost of providing internet connections is $ \frac12$, whereas the inverse demand function is given by: ...
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How to evaluate customer lifetime value

I am learning about calculating Customer Lifetime Value (CLV). So far I have learned that there are many ways to calculate it, like stated here, which I understand, different industries will also need ...
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Net Present Value with investments in multiple phases

I am trying to calculate the Net Present Value for a theoretical project in which, unlike most examples in textbooks and on internet tutorials, investments do not only happen in t=0, but they also ...
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Equivalence of definitions of upper contour sets

Mas-Collel, Winston and Green's Microeconomic Theory (3rd editions) offers two definitions of the upper contour set: How can the equivalence between the two definitions be proved?
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Calculating Demand curve function from Elasticity of demand, price per quantity and quantity purchased?

For an assignment I have to model the demand function and find consumer surplus based upon elasticity of demand, price per quantity and quantity purchased. Ill copy and paste the assignment below and ...
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Supply/Demand Shift (Find New Equilibrium)

Starting: supply curve $y=x+10$ and demand curve $y = -x+30$ with equilibrium at (10, 20). The problem states that DEMAND shifts leftwards by 3 units and to find the new equilibrium. My professor did ...
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What is the difference between ordinary income effect and endowment income effect?

As far as I understand: Ordinary income effect: A change in the price of good 1 will affect my future behaviour (the quantities that I will buy of good 1 and good 2). But it doesn't really affect my ...
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Will an increase in a complementary good with price unchanged move demand curve right and quantity demanded right, as well?

This graph shows the quantity of electricity that consumers demand at a regulated price set by the government. Adjust the graph by dragging the dot or the demand curve (or both) to show the effect of ...
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Strategy sets and SPNE

I need to find the startegy sets for the two players in this game. I understand that the game has only one subgame, that is, the entire game. I cannot seem to understand the strategy sets of the ...
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Profit Maximization and Returns to Scale

Assume a labor-intensive production function: $Q(L)=L^\beta$ Find demand of labor that maximizes profits (unconditional demand $L(p,w,r)$), the demand of labor that minimizes costs (unconditional ...
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Book recommendation: first year economics course

Can anyone help me find a nice introduction (possibly popular economics) into the field of black market economics.
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What does it mean when marginal profit is the same due to the “competitive principle”?

I am reading "Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labor" by W.A. Lewis and he states that Though the capitalised sector can be subdivided into islands, it remains a single sector ...
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Is there a possibility to have an inferior good (x) in a utility function where x & y have 0 cross elasticity?

A question I got on an exam that I think I messed up on: If we have cross elasticity of 0 (x & y are independent), can x be an inferior good? I answered with a yes. Am I wrong?
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Question on Finding the Correct Emission Tax $t$

Let there be two companies $U_{1}$ and $U_{2}$ where, initially $U_{1}$ produces and sells $x$ units at $p=18$. Production costs are $C_{U_{1}}(x)=\frac{1}{6}x^3$ and in the process $a$ units of ...
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Logs and percentage change in equation

Suppose I have the following relationship between output $y$, capital stock $k$ and total factor productivity $tfp$, $$\frac{\partial y}{\partial t}=\frac{\partial k}{\partial tfp}*\frac{\partial tfp}...
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Estimation of a Non-linear production function with Non-linear least squares

Suppose that you have to estimate a Non-linear production function (for instance a Cobb-Douglas or a CES) by using Non-linear LS (and hence without log-linearization). You have just aggregate time ...
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Market price, output that maximize the price and level of firm profit after applying a license fee

I'm currently working on a problem that says the following : At first we had a number N of firms in perfectly competitive industry,the exercice gives us the total cost and the Market Demand with p as ...
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Economic interpretation of a CES production function

I am following a paper where a production function of this type is used. $$Y=\left [\beta K^{- \rho}+\alpha \eta \left (\frac{K}{L} \right )^{-c(1+\rho)}L^{- \rho} \right ]^{-1/\rho}$$ It is a ...
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Monthly price elasticity and possibility of using daily values

I am calculating the price elasticity as a starting point to find a theoretical optimal price that would maximize our revenue. I am looking at 2 years data and to use the price elasticity formula, I ...
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What data/factors/attributes do the professionals monitor in a top-down analysis on the macroeconomics?

I am learning to do top-down analysis on a number of sectors in the US equity markets. I have never done it before and I would appreciate it if some professionals can share their experiences with me. ...
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General Equilibrium Involving Production

I need a little conceptual clarification. For a standard $N*K*M$ general equilibrium model, would an allocation, say, $y^k$ be Pareto Optimal if it does not solve $max(py^k)$? I understand that the ...
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Assumptions for the existence of a Walrasian equilibrium

I have a problem set stating that a competitive equilibrium does exist under a series of assumptions on the economy. The question is "Show that the following six assumptions are needed for existence ...
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Does Preference have a Hierarchy? A Silly Question

I have what is probably a very silly question, but I have gone down the rabbit hole and can’t get back out..... Is there is a hierarchy of preference, and within each level of choice do we reset the ...
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Monopsony diagram curves

Why is the marginal cost curve not the same as the supply curve? My personal explanation is that since the marginal cost curve is cost of producing each new product, the supply curve just represents ...
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intertemporal utility maximisation

Adam's consumption period 1 and 2 are denoted by $c_1$ and $c_2$ respectively. His utility function is $U(c_1,c_2)=4c_1^{0.5} + c_2$ Ben earns an income of \$3 in period 1 and \$3 in period 2, ...
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How to calculate income and substitution effect when equal marginal principle is violated

I am trying to calculate substitution and income effect for 2 goods, x and y. Given that marginal utility x = 1, marginal utility y = -a (unknown number), price of x = 16, price of y = 20, how ...
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Categorical variable as explanatory variable (right hand side)

In a linear probability model, or any sort of regression, one can use fixed effect estimation by simply adding in a STATA code i.something. This "something" can be either a village, a county or a ...
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How to estimate loss of customers due to customer support inefficiency?

I have a data about customers and their activity on a website for a two-year period. Also, I have a customer support work evaluation data for a shorter period of that two-year period. The question is: ...
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When is the pegged price equal to the market price

Suppose the government pegs an exhaustible resource, at a price $P^*$. I found out that the shadow price (initial price of the resource if government didn't peg) would be $$Q_t = ( \sigma i S_t )^\...
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Graphing Volunteer labour Supply

I'm wondering if there is a method by which we can visualize a firms decision to rely on volunteer labour. I have an idea but I'm unsure if it is correct, please tell me if there is an issue with my ...
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Binding and slack constraints in adverse selection problem

When I am dealing with a constrained maximization, once I face constraints with inequality sign, I have to understand which one are binding and which others are slack. If I find that a constraint is ...
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Finding Pareto efficiency from competitive equilibrium

So to my knowledge, the competitve equilibrium would be Marginal cost= Marginal private benefit. My question is, how would you determine what the pareto efficiency is from the Marginal social benefit ...
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Interpreting coefficient in the disutility function as disutility tolerance?

I am studying a model that relates incentives (money) and a set of actions. Let $f(x) = k\frac{x^2}{2}$ be the disutility function of the agent, where $x$ is the level of effort that the agent is ...
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Anything written on the process behind “multiplicative” production function?

Intuitively, one might make a naive first guess that the production function of the economy, or of a firm, should be a "leontief" production function: "for example, you need both a factory and a ...
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Quasi-Hyperbolic discounting

I am new to behavioural economics and I'm trying to work through a question. I understand the question but I don't know how to go about it as the example questions I have seen normally provide beta ...
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When is the solution to an EMP not that of an UMP

Can you construct an example with p $\geqslant$ 0 such that the solution of EMP is not the solution of UMP.
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What's the market equilibrium price for the used good?

On a perfectly competitive market, a buyer wants to buy a used good. He is willing to pay $30$ for a badly used good, and $60$ for a nicely used good. The seller is willing to sell a badly used good ...
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Marginal rate of substitution(yx) question

For utility function U= ln(x)+Y How do I determine if MRS(yx) is diminishing or not for this question? I got Mu(x)=1/x and Mu(y)= 1 MRS(yx)=Mu(y)/Mu(x)= 1/1/x = x Does this mean that MRS(yx) is ...
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Imperfect Price Discrimination profit per group

During imperfect price discrimination is it possible to determine profit per group. For example: Aggregated Cost function: C(Q) = 18*Q + 5; where Q = q1 + q2 Aggregated Demand (AD) for group 1: q1(...
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Anti Piketty Confusing Movement Along Demand Curve with Shift

In Anti-Piketty, the author's claim that the statement "If the supply of any good is insufficient and it's price is too high, then demand for that good should decrease which should lead to a decline ...
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Inferior and normal good and the change in price of those goods

In general, We know that if a good is normal, then as your income increases, then demand of that good increases as well as price is fixed. Similarly, if a good is inferior, then as your income ...
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How much of an assets price change is due to speculators and functional buys/sellers

If (for example) a heavily traded asset like crude oil has a price move of x, how much of that is influenced by functional buyers/sellers and how much by speculators? Let's say x is +100, there are 8 ...