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Mathematical techniques for the selection of a best element (with respect to some criteria) from the set of available alternatives.

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General Equilibrium with Linear Production

I don't think I understand how optimization problems with a linear function work as of now. If you have a production economy with two agents, two goods and Cobb-Douglas utility representation, and you ...
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Finding savings in an Overlapping Generations model

I have not seen this question asked anywhere, so I'm posing it here in case anybody else (hopefully) can help me get to the answer. In a nutshell, my question is: how do we arrive at the saving ...
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Difficulty in an economics' optimization problem using Kuhn-Tucker conditions (interpretation difficulty)

I am having troubles in solving correctly the following problem: A company wants to minimize its total costs, on the condition that the income obtained from the sale of the quantities $x_1, x_2$ of ...
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Natural borrowing/debt limit and other borrowing constraints

When confronted with the simple household consumption maximization problem under uncertainty (and with Arrow security sequential trading) $$\max_{\{c_t(s^t),a_{t+1}(s^t,s_{t+1})\}_{t=0}^{\infty}}\...
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Economies of scale: when is it disadvantageous?

So, I watched a video on economies of scale. It makes sense to me but I'm wondering, is there a point where say doubling the production rate makes the product even more expensive? How can I figure out ...
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Question about budget constraint and utility maximization [closed]

I have also following budget set $$B=\{x=(x_1,x_2)\in R^2_+ \mid 2\sqrt{x_1}+x_2\le y\}$$ where y is income. Assume that there are two stories. The agent can shop in both of them. The first store ...
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Show that First order conditions are necessary and sufficient for utility maximization

I have a budget set $$B=\{x=(x_1,x_2)\in R^2_+ \mid 2\sqrt{x_1}+x_2\le y\}$$ where $y>0$ is income. Assuming the preferences are strictly monotonic and convex, I want to show that first order ...
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Linear programming, shadow price range

I'm not sure how to determine the range for which a shadow price is valid. You might be able to skip straight to the question here. I've been introduced to it using the following approach in 2D. ...
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Utility maximization question setting up.

Consider a consumer whose preferences can be represented by the following utility function: $$u(x_1,x_2)=\dfrac{x_2}{(1+x_1)^2}.$$ Assume the agent's income is $y=5$. The price of one unit ...
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Constant MC - Monopolstic Competition

I would like to know if it is possible to have constant marginal costs (MC) in a business that is operating on a market, that is defined by monopolistic competition? The company is a construction ...
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Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno, L-BFGS-B, PORT

I was looking for advantages and disadvantages of the Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno algorithm (BFGS), the L-BFGS-B and PORT algorithm in optimization. Which one promises the best results and why?
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Optimization of supply between multiple distinct demand 'markets'

I am attempting to solve the following optimization problem, and am curious if it is doable without an iterative process. Consider the following: 1) Two distinct markets (Market X and Market Y) with ...
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Stackelberg/seqential entry in Hotelling and numerical analysis

I am trying to solve a Stackelberg type of game with three firms in the framework of the Hotelling line. The game is as follows for n=3 firms: sequential entry in the market compete in prices in the ...
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Solution to Dynamic Programming (Bellman Equation) Problem

Could someone please provide pointers on how to solve the below? If any theoretical approximations are possible, that would be very helpful. If numerical solutions are the right approach, could you ...
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PORT Routines Advantages/Disadvantages

I was using the PORT optimization routines as proposed by Gay (1990)“Usage Summary for Selected Optimization Routines”. I searched online and in the paper, but I couldn't find any particular listed ...
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How to prove that a point is a maximum point

I have the following function: $$ \Pi =\int_{0}^{z}[x_{1} + \alpha y + \alpha \frac{N-2}{2}y - \beta(z) - \gamma ( \beta(z) - \beta(y))](N-1)y^{N-2} dy $$ The first derivative with respect to $z$ is:...
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Suppose Jon experiences anticipatory utility and is dealing in the current period (t=0) when to consume a good, what is the optimal time

Suppose Jon experiences anticipatory utility and is dealing in the current period (t=0) when to consume a good, what is the optimal time to consume as a function of $\delta$ and $a$? Recall the ...
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Dornbusch-Fischer-Samuelson model optimization

I have a basic utility function in Dornbusch-Fischer-Samuelson model to be optimized: $u=\int_{0}^{1}b(z)\ln c(z)dz$ with budget constraints as follows $\int_{0}^{1}b(z)c(z)dz\leq Y$ and $\int_{0}^{1}...
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Determining the elasticity of Hicksian Demands

If we have Hicksian (compensated) demand functions, how can we determine the income elasticity and own price elasticity? Is the procedure the same as for Marshallian (uncompensated) demands?
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Karush-Kuhn-Tucker in infinite dimension

Does the Karush-Kuhn-Tucker theorem on sufficient conditions for optimality of a convex program apply in countable dimension? For precisions, see Definition 4.1.1 and Theorem 4.1.4 of this course. ...
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Reservation utility

I am self-studying contract theory using Bolton and Dewatripont (2005). It is meant for grad students, which might be why I am having a difficult time understanding basic terminology. Here is the ...
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Social planner's first order condition (current-value Lagrangian)

Here is (one of the ways to state) social planner's problem: Eric Sims' notes then immediately gives the solution: I am trying to connect these two lines. This is what I get after taking a ...
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Optimal population allocation layout over the Earth

Does exist some model of optimal people occupancy over whole our planet? Something accounting for climate, resources (with and without existing settlements) availability, progress and grows ...
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Second order condition for symmetric game

Denote by $i \in \{1, \ldots, n\}$ an economic agent. Let $\mathbf x \in \mathbb R^n$ denote a vector of actions and $x_i \in \mathbf x$ a typical element. Let further $f_i : \mathbb R^n \to \mathbb ...
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Optimization: Dynamic Programming vs Kuhn-Tucker

Considering the standard utility maximization of representative household which lives forever, one may use dynamic programming and Kuhn-Tucker in case of discrete time. For instance, one would like to ...
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Optimal taxing in case of negative externalities

Suppose an individual $i$ has the utility function $U= f(x(i)) - k$(sum of all $x$ with index not equal to $i$) Where $x(i)$ denotes the miles driven by $i$, and $k$ is a positive constant. The ...
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Price optimization with demand forecast

I have one year sales data of a retail company and lets say I am forecasting the next month sales for the product. I have got the sales using time series in R. Now I want to forecast the price as well....
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Topkis' Theorem

Suppose my optimization problem is stated as follows $\max\limits_x f(x,t)$ $s.t.$ $g(x,t) \leq 0$ I am interested in finding the direction $x^*$ changes with the parameter $t$. Can someone ...
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Solving a maximization problem by substitution when the constraint is in implicit form

I am trying to understand how the first order conditions for an interior solution of a maximization problem were derived using the substitution method. The problem is: $$\max\limits_{x\ge0,y\ge0}P(a-...
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Can 10% of the population provide super-abundance for the entire world?

In a discussion at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs on Nov 9, Mark Blyth, a political scientist, said that We live in a world where literally 10% of the population could ...
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Adding a non-binding constraint to the objective function

I am dealing with a constrained optimization problem found in Tirole's Theory of corporate finance. My question is not related to the details of this model, but just to provide some context, we are ...
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Computing optimum efforts

Consider the following cost function: $$c(e_1, e_2) = (\beta_1e_1 + \beta_2e_2)^2$$ The value function is: $$v = v_0 - [l_1(1-e_1) + l_2(1-e_2)]$$ How do I compute the optimum efforts $e_1$ and $...
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Externalities - First order conditions

I am currently reading the book "Microeconomics: Principles and Analysis" by Cowell on my own. I'm reading the externalities chapter, and i found an interesting example: There are just two firms: ...
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What does this condition for a profit of a firm exist mean?

What is the intuition behind this? Let $Y=zF(K,N)$ be a production function. For a profit to exist Indana conditions must hold and : $$\frac{∂^2zF(K,N^d)}{\partial K \partial N} > 0$$ I ...
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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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Indirect changes in Marshallian Demand

Suppose we have a Cobb-Douglas utility function: $$U(x,y)=x^\alpha y^\beta$$ and a budget constraint: $$p_{x}x+p_{y}y=I$$ where $\alpha+\beta=1$. It can be shown that the Marshallian demand for $x$ ...
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CV, EV for additive utility; confirm or deny

I'm currently a TA for a class and recently graded a midterm. I gave the answer key back to the teacher, after going over part of the exam in a study hall. I was going to go over the rest of it ...
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Method of Lagrange multipliers with random variables

I'll illustrate the issue I'm having with a simple problem. Let $c_1, c_2 \in \mathbb{R}$, and $Z$ a real-valued random variable. Let $u:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R} $ be a differentiable ...
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Optimal Pricing with Advertising

Below are three different demand curves (i) - (iii), which depend on advertising (A). (i) Q(P,A) = A $\times$ ($\alpha$ - $\beta$P), where $\alpha$, $\beta$ > 0 (ii) Q(P, A) = $\alpha$ + A -...
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Dynamic demand model in many good competitive markets and price optimization

This is a question about demand models, price optimization, dynamic pricing, big data, online learning, so I will cross-post in other communities. $\mathbf{Background}$ I am interested in dynamic ...
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Local maximum when Hessian is negative semi-definite?

If it possible to have a local maximum when the Hessian is only negative semi-definite (i.e., there is one zero eigenvalue and all other eigenvalues are negative). If not, what it the ultimate ...
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Finding the minimum # of items to be sold to meet a goal, based on likelihood

Let's say that I have a project and I need to earn some target to be successful, let's say $50,000 The way I earn is by one time donations at various levels. 1, 5, 7.5 (some discounted item), 10, 15,...
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Kuhn Tucker Conditions with fewer non-negativity constraints than number of variables

I have a following type of problem: $Maximize\,\, F(s,x,y,z)$ $s,x,y,z$ s.t. (i) $g(x,y,z) \le I$ (ii) $x \ge 0$ (iii) $y \ge 0$ (iv) $s > 0$ That is there is no non negativity constraint on ...
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Interpretation of lagrange multiplier

A student wishes to minimize the time required to gain a given expected average grade, 𝑚, in her end-of-semester examinations. Let $\displaystyle {t}_{i}$ be the time spent studying subject i ∈ {1,2}....
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Mythbusters - Determine optimal boarding strategy based on time and satisfaction score

Most airlines board passengers starting from the back of the plane and then working their way towards the front (after boarding priority classes and passengers). In an episode of Mythbusters, Adam ...
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Monetary policy optimization

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice / lectures / introduction to stochastic optimization that could be applied to monetary policy. I have heard of the Dynamic stochastic general ...
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Constrainted optimization: merge two constraints into one

Consider the following problem \begin{align} &\max_u F(x,u)\\ \text{s.t. }& u \in [0,\bar u]. \end{align} Any idea how to merge the two constraints $u \geq 0$ and $\bar u - u \geq 0$ into one ...
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Overlaping jurisdictions Model: Proof of Lemma 1; The Size of Nations

I've been reading the book 'The Size of Nations' by Alberto Alesina and Enrico Spolaore (can be found on the net if you know where to look) and I'm having trouble following their "proof" of the first ...
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Transformation Function

In Mas-Colell microeconomics textbook I have found that profit maximization problem (as well as many further optimization tasks) could be represented with application of some transformation function (...
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Price Optimization from Data

How can I find the optimal price that maximizes profits, given past sales data? I thought I could do this, but I've been running into problems. Data: ...