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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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Designing the payment function in Mechanism Design problems

Suppose we have a network in which agents request access to its resources. Thus we have a resource allocation problem. Ideally, we want to incentivize agents to send social-welfare supporting ...
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Can I Upload my Preprint on Arxiv Before Submitting it to JPE

I wrote a paper relating the optimal deterrence strategy for crime to concepts on statistical physics, and I am considering submitting the paper to the Journal of Political Economy. I'm wondering if ...
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Cobb Douglas, Budget Line, Demand function question

use the general form of the Cobb Douglas utility function $U(x,y)= (x^a)(y^b)$ and the budget constraint in the form $B=p_{x}X + p_{y}Y$ to find the demand functions for good x and good y. Is this ...
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Optimal point and MRS

I read that the tangency condition is not sufficient for optimality, and that one other condition is that the MRS must equal the slope of the budget line at an interior optimum. My confusion is that ...
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Maximising a partly concave and partly convex function

Let $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a twice differentiable and strictly increasing function. Suppose that we are searching for the numbers $x_1$, ..., $x_n$ that maximise $$\sum_{i=0}^{n}{f(...
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Typical Growth Model Social Planner Problem

Consider the following social planner's problem, hand-waving the usual assumptions on the preference, technology, endowment, and inelastic supply of labor: $V(k_o^*)= max_{\{c_t,k_{t+1}\}_{t=0}^{\...
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optimization problem for two individuals

Two flat mates 1 and 2, rent a flat and play their own music on the only CD player owned by flat-owner. They both like their own music, but dislike the music played by the other. Given the timing ...
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Stokey, Lucas (1989) p 11 FOC

My Lagrangian is: $L=\sum\limits_{t=0}^T \beta^tU(f(k_t)-k_{t+1})+\sum\limits_{t=0}^T\lambda_t(f(k_t)-k_{t+1}).$ My FOC for $[k_{t+1}]$ is: $\beta^tU'(f(k_t)-k_{t_1}^*)(-1)-\lambda_t^*+\beta^{t+1}U'...
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Constrained Optimisation: Why is it that when I merge constraints, I get different results?

The problem that I am given is the following: $ \max \ln c_0 + \beta \mathbb{E} [\ln c_1 ] \\ \text{ s.t. } c_0 + x_g q_g + x_b q_b = y_0\\ c_g = y_g + x_g\\ c_b = y_b + x_b $ Where $y_0$, $ y_b$ ...
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Finding the optimal consumption bundle given the strictly concave utility function $v(x,y) = U(x) +y$?

I am also finding it difficult to understand what are the fundamental differences between analysing optimal bundles between concave and convex functions ? Does it also happen that the optimal bundle ...
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Maximization problem FOC and Euler equation

Can someone please help me with the Lagragian and the derivation of the following objective function ? Beneath I provide the objective function, the constraint and the Euler equation that results from ...
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Is anyone familiar with the following basic resource sharing model?

Here is a resource sharing model, I do not remember where I came across it, I am wondering if this is well known in econometrics. Let $T > 0$ be the total quantity of resources. For example, ad ...
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Symmetric Cournot equilibrium: suffciency without second order conditon

Let $q_i \in Q = \mathbb R_+$ denote the quantity produced by firm $i \in \{1,2\}$. Further let $\pi_i(q_1,q_2) = (1-q_1-q_2)q_i$ denote the profits of $i$. A Nash equilibrium $(q_1^*,q_2^*) \in Q^2$ ...
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Pareto efficiency (optimality conditions) in simple New Keynesian model

I am looking for the pareto-optimal equilibrium for a central planner's problem in a simple New Keynesian model. The planner's problem is to choose $\{ C_{t}, H_{t}, Y_{t}, \pi_{t}, \{h_{t}(j)_{j=0}^{\...
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Neoclassical model with proportional taxes

In a certain economy, time is discrete with periods $t=0,1,2,...$. The economy is populated by many households and identical firms. The utility of a household is: $\displaystyle\sum^{\infty}_{t=0}\...
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Monetary Policy under commitment. How to solve the optimization problem?

Under commitment the CB might follow this problem as Monetary Policy strategy: $$ \min_{\pi_t,x_t}=E_0\sum^\infty_{t=0}\beta^t \left(\frac{1}{2} ( \pi_t^2 + \alpha x_t^2 )\right) $$ $$ \text{s.t. }\...
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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 ...