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Selection of functional form for utility function in theoretical model

I am starting to work on an IO model and I am puzzled in front of the choice of the appropriate utility function. Since the concept of utility is so abstract, and one cannot directly refer to ...
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Can I rename a utility function based on its properties?

A big name researcher gives a name to a specific utility function 30 years ago. Now I am writing a paper and feel that a new name might be more suited because of the properties associated with the ...
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Actions in economics

Mirowski 1989 argues economics and physics have frequently informed each other's theoretical development, and neoclassical economics has the same Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism frequently seen ...
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Lecture notes competitive labor market with minimum wage

Can somebody recommend lecture notes that derive competitive labour market model equilibrium with minimum wages? This has been surprisingly hard to find, because most lecture notes use minimum wages ...
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When can one drop time subscripts? Example from Angrist and Kugler (2003)

Not the first time I am asking myself, but in this paper they actually start with a time dependent maximisation problem and then drop all time subscripts. Background: They have profit maximisation ...
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References on Cobb-Douglas Function

I am wondering why everybody uses Cobb-Douglas production functions? Nowadays they are so standard that they are just written down without further discussion. Does anybody know more about this and can ...
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Brücker et al. (2014) migrant labour supply shock

Brücker et al. (2014) write down a stylized model of wage-setting with a labour supply shock (migration), which I find hard to follow. Maybe somebody worked on it or is interested.. Labour force is ...
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Loosely speaking, are all modern economies 'Keynesian' in their stance on spending during downturns?

Keynesian economics is defined as: increased government expenditures and lower taxes to stimulate demand and pull the global economy out of the depression. Do all modern economies adopt a Keynesian ...
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Intuition of Shephard's Lemma in Reverse

I am not sure how to word this question. I understand the envelop theorem pretty well and as a result Shepard's Lemma. The proof is relatively straightforward. I am getting stuck on the intuition ...
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Why should prices come down (in theory) in an educated society with a well-run government?

In Chapter 1 of Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", the rich dad says: "In an educated society with a well-run government, prices should actually come down". Is there any ...
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Identifiability of Non-Parametric Utility Function?

I recently learned that EU characterized by independence and weak ordering is identifiable, but a utility function like: $U(x)=v_1(x)v_2(x)$ is not identifiable. Does it mean that "cardinal ...
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Certainty equivalence when the utility is semi-continuous instead of continuous

Let $U:\mathbb R^2\to\mathbb R$ be a utility function. If $U$ is strictly increasing and continuous, then it is well known that for any $(x_1,x_2)$ there exists a certainty $(c,c)$ such that $$U(x_1,...
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Is it necessary to ask permission before including someone in the acknowledgements of a economic research paper?

Do I need permission to thank someone, even if I said “all mistakes are our own”? Do I have to make sure that the person being thanked must read the paper, or, it is fine if he just discussed about ...
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Who were the first economists arguing that utility maximization is the core of rationality and economic behavior?

I am looking for the first economists arguing that maximizing utility function is the iff condition of rational behavior. I've learned that neoclassical economics is founded on this argument. Is this ...
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What additional axiom to GARP do we need to generate a differentiable or smooth utility function

After researching for a while, I find this: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1913607?seq=2#metadata_info_tab_contents They come up with an axiom called SSARP that generates a preference with smooth demand ...
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Famous recent paper on monetary Unions

do you know any (theoretical or empirical) recent famous paper about monetary unions ? I heard that topics like "monetary unions at ZLB" or "fiscal coordination during crisis time" ...
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Conditional distributions in model with continuum of agents

Many economic models consider a continuum of agents, $i \in [0,1]$. Suppose these agents have characteristics $(x_i, y_i)$, which are independently distributed. Are all possible values of $(x_i,y_i) \...
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Theoretical economy calculation of closed country

Is there any well-known theoretical solution to the problem as described below? I am considering an ideal very simplified case. There is a closed country/community of N people. All people are working. ...
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Are there some examples of theoretical models that discuss pandemics?

I am looking for some papers/references that showcase theoretical economic models that incorporate pandemics. Most work seem to be purely empirical. Does anyone know of some papers that try to model ...
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Economics perspective of connected workers

According to the Deloitte report published here, a connected worker is defined as someone whose working life is changing due to digital and other technologies. This is due to advancement of ...
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Where can I find economics theories to learn about? [closed]

I'm a beginner to economics so I do not have much knowledge. However, I enjoy learning new economics theories. For now, I normally search for economics theories by looking at those that won nobel ...
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What is the point of all the models in an economics degree?

I am a student of Economics doing my masters degree and I have to say I am a bit tired of all the models. On the one side, there is these models where I can see how they are derived, which always ...
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Continuity of preferences

Let $\succsim$ be a transitive and reflexive relation on a metric space $X$ with closed upper and lower contour sets. If $\succsim$ is not complete, does it hold that: for all converging sequences ...
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Prove that a preference is linear

Given the following two conditions: $x\succ y$ implies $x+a\succsim y+a$, And, $x\prec y$ implies $x+a\precsim y+a$ We want to prove that $\succsim$ is a linear preference. One of the ...
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When to use a lagrange multiplier?

I have a question in regards to the use of Lagrange multipliers in macro models. I have seen that when writing a Lagrange there are two ways to write the Lagrange multiplier: 1) Indexed or 2) ...
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MWG Proposition 2.F.1

Is homogeneity of degree zero necessary in proposition 2.F.1? It seems like the proof does not assume homogeneity of degree zero to establish the proposition. If this is true, it seems that ...
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The notation cl co (A)

I stumbled upon this notation, (cl co(A+C), while reading "Set Optimization—A Rather Short Introduction" by Andreas H. Hamel, Frank Heyde, Andreas Löhne, Birgit Rudloff and Carola Schrage. Is it ...
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How does expected utility theory treat losses?

I've been reading about prospect theory lately and have read often that prospect theory predicts people will be risk averse in gains and risk seeking in losses. This statement is typically ...
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Rotation of Quasilinear Utility

Let $u(x,y)=f(x)+y$ be a quasilinear utility. Now we rotate it by 45 degrees, (such that the $x-$axis becomes the direction of $(1,1)$) $v(x,y)=f(x-y)+x+y$. Is $v$ also a quasilinear utility? What is ...
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Envelope Theorem in Hopkins and Kornienko (2010)

This is from Hopkins and Kornienko (2010). In this model, $x$ is investments, $s$ is status, and $y=z-x$ is leisure, where $z$ is endowments. $x(r)$ is the optimal investment, and the relative ...
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GARP and SARP assumed mononticity?

Monotonicity means the decision maker prefer more goods than less. It is not mentioned in textbook that SARP and GARP preasumed monotonicity, implicitly. GARP: if $a$ is indirectly revealed preferred ...
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Is First Order Stochastic Dominance (FOSD) relation convex?

A convex relation is that $x\succeq y$ implies $\alpha x+(1-\alpha)y\succeq y$. Let $>_{FOSD}$ be $\succ$, is the FOSD convex? Intuitively it seems convex.
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Understanding agents selecting among markets

Let's say an entrepreneur can choose between starting a business in a competitive market with zero economic profit, and starting a business in a market that is not perfectly competitive with positive ...
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Factor-augmenting technologies (Acemoglu and Restrepo 2018c)

In that paper, they consider the following production function: $Y = F(A_KK,A_LL)$. Where: K denotes capital, L is labor, and $A_K$ and $A_L$ denote capital-augmenting and labor-augmenting ...
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Why does socialism not work? [closed]

There are many arguments that socialism doesn't work. It's becoming an increasingly popular topic as congresspeople such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez push for policies that are ...
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Implication of the concavity of u

Suppose that we have the following inequality: $u( y- d) - u(y-d') \ge u(y' - d) - u( y' -d')$. The concavity of $u$ together with $y\le y'$ then implies that $d \le d'$. I sometimes come across this ...
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Statistical Learning and Econometrics

The principal goal of Econometrics is to find causal effects between economic variables. But the growing technology level seems to show us that Big Data and Statistical Learning result in a tradeoff ...
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Calculating Market Concentration without sales data

I want to calculate market concentration (HHI and C4) but I don't have sales data. Is it accurate to use the share of establishments of each firm as a proxy for market power? Could you list some ...
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proof verification in George J. Mailath and Andrew Postlewaite (2001b)

I am reading George J. Mailath and Andrew Postlewaite (2001), and this is the lemma 1 in this paper. I don't understand the induction process in this proof. I think that we should use the fact that $...
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Theories that complement/contradict prospect theory?

Kahneman and Tversky's prospect theory, which they developed to contradict expected utility theory, is obviously an interesting result. But, after their experiments has anyone tried to completement ...
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Is utility in neoclassical economics a circular argument/concept?

Neoclassical economics as a utility function that represents a consumer's preference ordering over a choice set. Joan Robinson criticized utility for being a circular concept: "Utility is the ...
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Can measures of “efficiency” be objective?

So I've noticed the reliance on the term "efficiency" on some cases of economic practice. But I've also recognized problems, e.g. problems of abstraction or problems of pseudo-objectivity, related to ...
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What are “the fundamental categories of economics”?

I had an introductory class in marketing last week, and the professor wanted to test our previous knowledge of economics (we are juniors). He asked us this simple question: "What are the fundamental/...
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need help from theorists: proof in Cole, Mailath, and Postlewaite (2001)

I have one question in the proof for section 4.1. in Cole, Mailath, and Postlewaite (2001). $$\lim_{\varepsilon \to 0}\frac{1}{2\varepsilon}\int_{\overline{l}-\varepsilon}^{\overline{l}+\varepsilon} ...
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Afriat's number

I discovered the Afriat's theorem on the possible rationalization of a given data set of demand observations and would like to ask for your help in understanding how to compute Afriat numbers in ...
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Rationale for discounting

I am interested in understanding the rationale behind discounting in the context of government policy appraisal. As far as I understand it, there are three main components to the discount values ...
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When can one read the general theory of employment,interest and money?

I am a first-year undergrad econ student and was interested in reading Keynes' book. in the preface, Keynes pointed out that the text deals in the abstract and is meant for his fellow economists. ...
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Open Foundational Problems in Mathematical Economics

What are some open problems in mathematical economics which are treated as if they have been solved in economics papers? As an example, one of my teachers has previously pointed out to me that there ...
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When does an economic theory become true?

When does an economic theory become true? When does it satisfy requirements for true knowledge, e.g. similar to those in empirical sciences?
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Post Brexit Referendum employment theory

According to Chuka Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham and prominent pro-EU campaigner: People were told: "if immigration levels fall, it will be easier to get a job, and easier to get a job that's ...