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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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Two-person household labor supply

The most basic model of labor supply is $$\max U(c,l) \\\text{s.t. } c=wh \\l+h=T$$ which leads to the solution $MRS_{c,l}=w$. How would we solve this problem if we had a two-person household: $$\max ...
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How to find the optimal consumption basket? [closed]

A consumer has the following utility function and income. 𝑈(𝑥, 𝑦) =1/2 * ln 𝑥 + 1/2 * ln y Price of 𝑥 = Price of 𝑦 = 100. Income = 1000 Suppose that the consumer gets 2 redeemable coupons for ...
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Constrained Optimization using Lagrangian method

The stationary points that we derive by solving the first order conditions of the Lagrangian are those points global optimum points or local optimum points?
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Have I found the correct Emission Price

Let's say that there is a hotel owner $(H)$ and a woodworker $(W)$ working in close proximity to one another. The woodworker produces $x$ units to sell at market at $p_{x}=6,5$. From the woodworking ...
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Why do we have to normalize the income of consumers when working with an Edgeworth Box in a simple trade model with Pareto optima?

I was studying microeconomics and I confess I am not the brightest person for maths and sorry if this is very dumb but I get that we CAN normalize the income and I get where it comes from and how it ...
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What is the “bequest condition” in a finite-horizon discrete optimization problem?

For a finite-horizon discrete time optimization problem, my textbook provides a condition called the "bequest condition", which I'm not familiar with. Specifically, where the state at time $t$ is ...
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Any interior solution for $u(x,y) = min\left \{ x,y \right \}^{2} + max\left \{ x,y \right \}$?

Will all the solutions be in the corner or will the cusp in the middle give us any interior solution? This is by the intersection of the budget line. I am getting this type of a shape: But I am not ...
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Can $u(x) = \sqrt{x_1 x_2} + \sqrt{x_3 x_4}$ be solved by Kuhn–Tucker conditions?

Consider $\max_{x_1, x_2, x_3, x_4} u(x) = \sqrt{x_1 x_2} + \sqrt{x_3 x_4}$ s.t. $\; p_1x_1 + p_2x_2 + p_3x_3 + p_4x_4 \le w$ I know we can solve the max problem through separately considering ...
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Calculate optimal discount for product bundling

So recently I made some rules with my transaction data. Based on it I can determine which products are profitable to bundle it together. But even though I know e.g. product A→ product B, are there ...
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Utility Function Implies Consumption of Not All Goods

Suppose we have a utility function with three inputs, $j, k,$ and $s$ described by $$u(j,k,s) = A\ln(k^\alpha + \beta j^\alpha) + B\ln(s).$$ The price of $j, k,s$ are $p_j, p_k, p_s$, respectively, ...
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Concave utility functions corner solution explanation

I seem to not be getting this. Could someone explain me the mathematical way to show a concave utility function [like (ax^2+by^2)] subject to a budget constraint has a corner solution. I get the ...
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Investor's optimization problem with risk aversion

Consider an investor with initial wealth $w$ and has to decide how to invest it. There is a riskless asset with rate of return $r$. The risky asset has return $x_i$ with probability $\pi_i$ for $i=1,2,...
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A question about Lagrange multiplier(when $\lambda=0$)

I need help in a maximization problem(finding the optimal investment portfolio). where $R_s$ and $\Phi$ are $n$ by $1$, with other variables being scalars. $C^s$ is consumption (or wealth) of an ...
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Is this Cost function concave or convex?

Given the following cost function, where t is the quantity of some product. $$C(t) = 1/3t^3 - 7t^2 +11t + 50$$ here is a graph between $t= 0$ and $t = 25$ We are asked if this function is convex or ...
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Weierstrass Theorem in Optimization

Weierstrass Theorem states that any bounded sequence has a convergent subsequence. I did that in my maths course and understood it completely. But when I was learning optimization techniques in ...
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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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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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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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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 ...