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Are there Utility Monsters in Economics?

Economics, especially in the modern school is broadly influenced by the utilitarian concept of utility. More so since the labor theory of value has been broadly replaced by the theory of marginal ...
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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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Influential Theory in the Economics of Poverty

As far as I can tell, research on the economics of poverty is very empirically driven, and this is probably appropriate. What kind of economic theory has been developed though? I'd also be interested ...
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What are the recent advancements in building a unified theory of bounded rationality?

It seems that bounded rationality models focus on explaining a particular psychological bias, in a very specific way. In particular, its seems that the state of the art consensus is that one size does ...
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Can the stock market grow faster than GDP indefinitely?

My understanding of conventional wisdom is that average long-term growth of advanced economies is expected to be significantly lower than the average long-term growth of the value of the largest firms ...
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When can one safely talk about decreasing marginal utility?

One thing I hear a lot is talk of decreasing marginal utility—the idea being that additional units of a good become progressively less attractive the more units of that good one has already. However, ...
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What are some theoretical explanations for deviations from the efficient market hypothesis?

According (the semi-strong form of) the efficient market hypothesis, the price of an asset should reflect all publicly available information about the 'fundamental value' of that asset. The reasoning ...
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Does economic theory support the notion that the wealth of the wealthy is based on the poverty of the poor?

Almost any discussion about poverty and wealth and income inequality at some point includes arguments based on the premise that the wealth of the wealthy is causally related to the poverty of the poor;...
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Are there any instances where short run demand/supply is more elastic than long run cases?

Conventionally both demand and supply for goods and services are both more elastic in the long run than in the short run. My Question Is there ever an instance where demand and/or supply for a given ...
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Core elements of Marxist Economics

I am interested in understanding the differences between mainstream economics and marxist economics. For that, a guide about what is central to the marxist economic theory (not political or cultural ...
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State of general equilibrium theories Post Blanchard 2008

This question arose from a useful comment I received upon answering a question on this site, and a recent question from a doctoral student. The so-called theory of general equilibrium (including the ...
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Looking for the title of a short (~100 page) Herbert Simon book about “Bread-bricks”

I'm trying to find a short (~100 page) book by Herbert A. Simon in which he presents a simplified economics in which there is only one item of value and it is called the 'Bread-brick'. One can eat a ...
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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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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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Why the total value of the whole economy is constantly appreciating?

Take S&P for example. In the long run it just keeps climbing. Same for the market as a whole. Why would this happen? Why the market keeps going up (in the long term) all the time? (source)
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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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What term/theory describes more efficient utilization of a resource?

I may be asking the wrong question here, but I wonder if there is a term/theory that describes/studies the evolution of an economy that continually improves the utilization and allocation of certain ...
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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 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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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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Do contemporary Marxist economists still deny the utility/value theory which underpins classical economics?

Do contemporary Marxist economists still apply the labor theory of value when analysing economic phenomena? Or do they e.g. acknowledge that value (and utility) is subjective as is common knowledge in ...
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Prediction market based on LMSR: Sell, or buy other side?

Consider a prediction market with two outcomes (Yes and No) and a scoring rule based on Hansons’s LMSR, i.e. ln(ea+eb), where a and b are the number of Yes resp. No shares sold. Assume that I have ...
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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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Is there a theoretical basis for any popular income- or wealth-distribution model?

When modelling income or wealth, we probably want a continuous distribution with a lower bound; statisticians have named many, but Pareto and log-normal distributions have been among the most ...
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Homothetic preferences [duplicate]

I want to prove that if a utility function that represents $\succsim$ has constant marginal elasticity of substitution (MRS) in proportional expansions along rays, that is: $$ MRS(x,y) = MRS(\alpha x, ...
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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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Convex rationalization when the budget sets are segments?

Backgroud: SARP can be defined on general budget set. SARP: Assume for all $B$ the choice $c(B)$ is only one element. If $x_i,x_{i+1}\in B_i$, and $x_i = c(B_i)$, for all $i\in \{1,N-1\}$, then $x_1=...
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What are the economic justifications of the size premium?

What are the economic justifications of the size premium? In factor pricing models like the intertemportal capital asset pricing model (I-CAPM) or arbitrage pricing theory (APT), it is assumed that ...
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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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Does the existence of insurance markets negate the broken window fallacy?

In the wake Harvey and Irma, I did some reading on the Broken window fallacy. It makes sense on it's face that after paying the glazier for the broken window, the shopkeep could not spend his six ...
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Derive marginal productivity conditions in DW Jorgenson paper

I'm reading Jorgenson, Dale W. (1963), "Capital Theory and Investment Behavior", American Economic Review. Vol 53, No. 2, pp. 247-259. http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/1823868.pdf I would like ...
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Type of good that can be owned but not consumed when used

I'm an econ noob so apologizes if this is a dumb question. I'm trying to find if there is categorization of a good that can be owned but is not consumed when used. Tools are an example of this. A ...
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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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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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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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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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Market efficiency in software, music, news, etc

I'm not an ecomonist, but have been tossing around some ideas in my head for a long time and thought I might ask here what resources or existing work might be out there. There are a lot of market ...
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How to self-study graduate level macroeconomics? Is there even a point?

As I had hoped to learn enough macroeconomic theory to get some research ideas, my goal at the beginning of this summer was to read through and complete the problems in an introductory advanced ...
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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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Jokes in Economics; Challenging Assumptions in the Dismal Science [closed]

We've delved into questions about the history of economics. We've pondered what the most important equations in economics are. But in every science, academic culture inevitably forms a special set of ...
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understanding the proof of stochastic dominance.

$\int_a^b u(x)dF(x)$ (1)$ = u(t)F(t)|_a^b - \int_a^b F(t)u^\prime(t)dt$ (2)$ = u(b)-\int_a^b F(t)u^\prime(t)dt$ $= u(b)-(\Phi(t)u^\prime(t)|_a^b-\int_a^b \Phi(t)u^{\prime\prime}(t)dt=u(b)-\Phi(b)u^\...
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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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Monopoly and Taxes (Nicholson Exercise)

Hello I'm working through Microeconomic Theory : Basic Principles and Extensions of Nicholson and Snyder 10e, for an exam and I fail to get how to answer this question (p.517) : A specific tax is a ...
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Economic Confirmation Biases

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, since my question is a bit more general to all of social sciences (indeed sciences in general), but I figured since Economics is a social science ...
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How to theoretically explain an exponential income distribution?

I have been working on income distributions for a while, and I've been asked to do a theoretical justification for the idea that income distribution follows an exponential function for low incomes. ...
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Utility and the tyranny of a minority

Follow on to this question. Using similar constraints: The constraints regarding the system I'm modeling are (and looking for a general solution to): Marginal Utility for every unit of a ...
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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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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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Is Capitalism dying or will it prevail? [closed]

During the last decades there has been an increase of anti-capitalistic movements around the world which are fundamentally different from those of the XIX-th and XX-th centuries in the sense that they ...
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Intuition behind the linkage principle

An important result in auction theory is Milgrom & Weber's linkage principle, which, roughly, holds that the expected revenue from an auction is higher is the seller commits ex ante to reveal as ...