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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 the utility function U(X, Y) = 12x^0.2 y^0.8 represent homothetic preferences? [closed]

Does the utility function U(X, Y) = 12x^0.2 y^0.8 represent homothetic preferences? I was given this question but I have no idea how to work it out. I understand what homothetic preferences are in ...
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How to determine the marginal product for the following question? [closed]

Suppose that a firm has a Fixed cost of 10,000 dollars and Total Cost of 10,500 dollars for one unit and 11,100 dollars for two units of output. Which of the following is true for the Marginal Cost (...
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Maximization when parameters are unknown

I would like to know if my understanding about how to find a maximum of the function when some parameters are unknown is correct. Consider the following maximization problem. $\max_{x}V=\int_0^{a(x)}...
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Why is demand curve always going down?

In many economic charts with demand and supply curve, people often say the demand curve goes down with more quantity. But I will give you a really practical example, why I think they are wrong. ...
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Proof that the budget set is closed [closed]

Mas-Colell, Whinston and Green's Microeconomic Theory affirms the budget set is closed. I would like to know why. The definition of open set in the book is the following:
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How does social cost and social benefit work?

I am really lost right now. I have a test tomorrow and I am stressing out. Whatever I look at for externalities, which could be my textbook, a website, notes from class, they all contradict each other....
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Am i correct here? #greenTaxes #priceMechanism #inefficientTax #DeadweightLoss [closed]

Now accoring to this article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/30/britain-banishes-plastic-bags-as-5p-tax-sees-usage-plummet-by-6/?fbclid=...
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How do I find optimal price or maximise profit in a monopolistic market?

How do I find the optimal price for a monopolist given the monopolist's cost function and market demand? I have $Profit(y) = p*y + C(y)$ where $p$ is price, $y$ is output, and $C(y)$ is total cost. ...
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Find optimal price from demand function?

I've been struggling with this for hours, trying to figure out how to solve this. "A perfectly competitive market has the marginal cost function, c (cost is C(y)=cy) and is facing the demand function:...
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Expenditure minimization with Leontief utility

I need to solve the expenditure minimization in a context where $u(x,y) = min\{x,y\}$, i.e. where utility is Leontief. The minimization problem is $$\text{min}_{x,y}\,\,p_xx+p_yy \\ \text{subject}\,...
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Profit maximization and allocative efficiency result

I completely stuck to the last part of this exercise. I cannot understand how can I determine an allocative efficiency result. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
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Sustainable growth in the long run [closed]

Suppose that, in addition to physical capital and labour, an economy requires a fixed factor and a non-renewable resource to produce the final good. Prove that an economy with these input requirements ...
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Cross elasticity of demand [closed]

If Q1=(P2)⅔ 1. Determine the demand for good 1, when the price of good 2 is 8 2. Find the cross elasticity of demand for good 1, with respect to P2, when P2=2
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Random Draft Allocation: Nash Equilibrium? [closed]

I would like to find the Nash equilibrium of the following allocation problem. There are 3 courses and 3 students. Each student has to take 2 courses, and each course has a capacity of 2 seats. ...
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Microeconomic Q on Total Revenue for Producer after Excise Tax [closed]

I had a question on how an excise tax per unit of good produced for a producer would affect total revenue for a producer of that good. The graph is that supply is perfectly elastic (horizontal) and ...
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Budget constraint when one of the goods can be sold

I'm studying for a microeconomics midterm and ran across the following question: A person consumes two goods, X and Y. The consumer's only source of income is given by the quantity of Y equal to ten,...
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Profit maximisation and cost minimization [closed]

Does profit maximisation always imply cost minimisation ? And Does cost minimization always imply profit maximisation ? Can we prove both the results ??
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Utility Maximization [closed]

Assume the utility function is $u(x,y,z)=y*min[x,z]$. The prices of all three goods are equal. The agent has an amount $M$ to spend on the goods. He has to choose one of the following schemes: A) Get ...
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What consumer preferences exhaust the budget?

Suppose that a consumer has a complete and transitive preference relation over R+. Further suppose that the consumer faces prices p = (p1,p2,...,p) 0 and has ...
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Slutsky and Hicks approach in calculating SE, IE. Differences and interpretation [closed]

Level: Ungrad, Micro I have a task, http://imgur.com/a/JT4zB I have done some questions. While I can't understand the differences between Slutsky and Hicks approach. I get it theoreticaly, but I don'...
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Consumer Theory (Finding demand function) [closed]

Here's the question that I really need help with: $$U(x,y)=(x^{0.5})+y$$ $MUx=\frac{1}{2x^{0.5}}$ and $MUy=1$, where $x$ is food, $y$ is clothing $Px$ is the price of food, $Py$ is the price of ...
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Estimate total variable cost function (TVC) and average variable cost function (AVP) from marginal cost function (MC)

I need to estimate the function expressions for $TVC$ and $AVC$ from the $MC$ function for different amounts of quantity $(Q)$ From the solutions I have, that For $Q \leq 50$ $MC1(Q) = -Q + 100$ $...
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Proving government expenditure crowds out private consumption [closed]

Please help as I am not able to solve either parts.
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Example of a SCR which violates Independence of irrelevant alternatives

Can you give an example of a Social choice rule which violates Independence of irrelevant alternatives?
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utility derivation for a non Cobb Douglas function, find hicks and Marshall demands [closed]

I am having troubles answering to these following questions since the utility function is not a Cobb Douglas function, I am not sure about the results I need to find fo Hicksian and warlasian demand ...
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Q: Determining Consumer Price Preferences

I have a homework question that I simply cannot make sense of: Points A and B are two bundles on the same indifference curve for an individual. At bundle A, $q_1 = 16$, $q_2 = 1$, and the $\mathrm{...
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How to draw the graph of $ u(x) =min\{x_{1}, x_{2}\}$ and $ u(x) =max\{x_{1}, x_{2}\}$?

Given the utility function $ u(x) =min\{x_{1}, x_{2}\}$, and $ u(x) =max\{x_{1}, x_{2}\}$, I know that the indifference curves look like an L shape and inverted L-shaped, respectively. However, I don'...
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A preference relation $\succ$ is defined as $(x_1,y_1)\succ (x_2,y_2)$ if $x_1>x_2$ and $y_1> y_2$

Does this satisfy completeness property? I need an intuitive explanation of this preference relation as well. I am confused about the way how this relation is defined. The commodity Y in the first ...
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MRTS question involving production function [closed]

My work out shows constant MRTS and also increasing returns to scale. I thought the answer was C as I only found increasing marginal products of labour and capital. I really don't see how the answer ...
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Which of the following firms can operate in a perfectly competitive industry? [closed]

This was a question in a test. I am looking for an explanation for the answer. Firm A's cost of producing output y > 0 is c(y) = 1 + y Firm B's cost of producing output y is c(y) = y(1-y)^2 Answer: ...
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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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Pareto-optimal allocations in the Edgeworth box

If agent A has utility function $u(x_1, x_2)$ and agent B has utility function $v(x_1, x_2)$, what are the equation(s) that characterize the Pareto-efficient allocation of goods in the Edgeworth box? ...
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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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Will a consumer be more, or less willing to give up a commodity (for the other) for which they have been substituting another? [closed]

Statement: "Indifference curve analysis is based on the assumption of diminishing marginal rate of substitutiins. This means that as the consumer substitutes more and more of one commodity (say X) for ...
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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 ...
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Finding out an optional consumption without calculation [closed]

I need help with this task. The utility function is U(a;b)=3a+2b. The prices for the goods a and b are equal. Explain what an optional consumption of the consumer would be without calculating. ...
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What is optimal profit for this company? [closed]

I am really struggling with the following question: Question: A company produces a product that they sell in two different countries. Because of transport costs, customs etc. it is not profitable ...
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Advanced Microeconomics: Deriving Slutsky Equation

I am not sure how to derive the demand for consumption of today's bread; the first thing the problem asks for. I think it might be a piecewise function based on the interest rate that gets you from ...
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Finding an exchange rate and competitive equilibrium given an initial allocation and utility function [closed]

I am attempting to solve the following question. "Smith and Jones are stranded on a desert island. Each has in his possession some slices of ham (H) and cheese (C). Smith is a choosy eater and will ...
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Microeconomics for demand [closed]

Oscar’s demand for movies is given by Q = 10−2P. (a) What is the price elasticity of demand at a price of 2? Is Oscar’s demand elastic or inelastic at a price of 2? (b) Assume that the ...
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Marginal Profit Derivation [closed]

Find the marginal profit of a firm with a profit function: $$P(q) = -192q + 88q^2 - 16q^3$$ I got $$\frac{dP}{dq} = -192 + 176q - 48q^2$$ However, the solution reads $$ \frac{dP}{dq}= -4(q-2)(q-...
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Is this answer correct for opportunity cost? [closed]

Shouldn't the answer the question be $0. Because you arent really giving up anything?
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finding optimal values of quantities through utility function when MRS is 1 and price ratio is 1:2 [closed]

so this is a somewhat simple question but im stumped, here's why: given the utility U=2$X_1$+2$X_2$ where $P_1$$X_1$+$P_2$$X_2$=20 and $P_1$=0.5$P_2$ the question asks to find optimal values of $...
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Intuitively, why is Profit = (Price $-$ Average Cost) $\times$ Quantity?

Sources: p 289, Principles of Microeconomics (7 Ed, 2014) by N G Mankiw p 259, Modern Principles of Economics (2 ed, 2011) by Tyler Cowen, Alex Tabarrok Definitions: Profit $:=$ Total Revenue $−$ ...
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Microeconomy, monopoly, maximum profit - two different answers when solving exercise in two different ways

Suppose that monopoly produces product $X$. Let $MC = 20$, Quantity demanded function is given by equation $Q_d = 600 - 2P$ (where $Q_d$ - demand curve, $P$ - price). Calculate the amount of ...
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Find Engel Curve with a Cobb-Douglas [closed]

I have $U(x,y)=xy$, $p_1=4$ and $p_2=1$. Income is unknown. Where do I start?
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What does this formula stand for? [closed]

W/Vmp = ? I think it is the marginal product....but I have really no clue....any help on this?