# Questions tagged [microeconomics]

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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### Does more variable input cause marginal product to decline?

Previously, I believed that after a certain point, additional variable input results in a decline in productivity. For example, if you hire too many waiters, they will eventually get in the way of ...
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The theory of Comparative Advantage in production and trade specifies that countries should engage in the production of goods and services for which they have a comparative advantage or lower ...
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### Difference between Opportunity cost and marginal cost

I understand that the marginal cost is the cost of producing one additional unit of a good or service. Is it correct to say that the opportunity cost is part of the marginal cost (I'm trying to ...
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### Does quasi-concave utility function imply convex indifference curve?

It is well-known that convex indifference curve (i.e. the function is convex)/ preference would imply quasi-concave utility function. But does quasi-concave utility function imply convex indifference ...
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### profit-maximization

I'm having trouble on my homework and I need some help. A company sells products in a perfectly competitive market, where the price is $p = 24.$ For each of the following cost functions, write down ...
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### Utility function is given as U(x1, x2) = 10x 0.5 1 + 5x2

Given a utility function $U= {10x^{0.5}} + 5y$, calculate the MRS and explain its economic meaning. The MRS I calculated is $\frac{1}{\sqrt{x_1}}$, but I can't really understand it's economic meaning ...
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### discount factor, function, and rate

Consider an exponential discount factor $\delta\in(0,1)$. Similarly, consider an exponential discount $\textit{function}$: $g(t)=\delta^t$. Then, is defining the discount $\textit{rate}$ as below a ...
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### The beta delta model

What is the $\beta$-$\delta$ model? How does it relate to present bias and the present value calculation?
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### In perfect competition, why is there economic loss if marginal cost > marginal revenue?

Here's a graph for reference: In the left graph, I read from a book (CFA L1 notes) that At any output above the quantity where $MR = MC$, the firm will be generating losses on its marginal ...
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### What is excess demand/ excess supply?

I've been reading up on Walras' Law and thought I understood it pretty well. However one of my friends asked me point blank what is an example of excess demand or excess supply is and I had some ...
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### Graduate level texts/notes that cover the Short Run and Long Run Costs of firms' production

In undergrad econ we learned that it would cost a firm more money to increase its production in short term than in long term. MWG does not seem to cover this topic. I need a Graduate level texts/...
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### how to raise utility of an individual having min utility function

I was doing an exercise of utility and got confused with a min utility function. endowments can redistribute among individuals. How am i supposed to increase his utility. Can i simply reduce the ...
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### Books on Technological Progress and Growth

I've done some google search for good, reader friendly albeit technical, books on technological progress/change and economic growth. However, I've not found what I want. If you are using or have heard ...
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### What are examples of inversely (negatively) correlated stock prices in economics?

I’m looking for example of two goods/wealth that demonstrate inverse/negative correlation. For example if price of A rises then price of ...
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### Does the contract curve always have to connect the initial points on an edgeworth box? Why or why not?

What if the contract curve goes out of bounds? In that case, do I assume it superimposes itself on the axes it is closest to? I hope this was clear. Not sure how to explain this other than visually......
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### Why do firm output decreases when fixed cost decreases in Long Run?

So in long run if fixed cost is lowered, more firms enter the industry and increase the supply, bringing up industrial output. According to the firm diagram, Average Cost lowered so that the firm ...
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### Definition of a 'Competitive Firm' and a 'Perfectly Competitive Firm'

In many of my intermediate microeconomics quiz and test questions I encounter the term "competitive firm" and/or "perfectly competitive firm", e.g.: In the short run, a perfectly competitive firm ...
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### Why is the definition of opportunity cost “the benefit of the best alternative choice” but not “the benefits of all alternative choices combined”?

What is the rationale behind it?
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### Increase in the price of skateboard wheels cause a decrease/no change in the demand of skateboards? (2 separate markets w/ 2 separate buyers)

Would an increase in the price of skateboard wheels cause a decrease/no change in the demand of skateboards? (2 separate markets with 2 separate buyers) Note: I'm going to be mainly focused on the ...
To begin with, I am recalling the Banach Fixed Point Theorem. Let $(X,d)$ be a non-empty complete metric space with a contraction mapping $T:X\to X$. Then $T$ admits a unique fixed-point $x^*$ in $X$ ...