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Transforming expected utility functions

I am using the following theorem: To better understand how I can transform expected utility functions. An example with which to work: I want to show that the preferences represented here satisfy ...
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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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Limits of utilitarianism?

In all of economics that I know, people maximize their Utility $U_i=f(x_1,...,x_n)$, and therefore make some kind of cost-benefit analysis. One obvious criticism to this model is that we often do not ...
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Static wage posting model and indifference to wage levels

Suppose a monopsonistic firm has the following simple profit function: $$\pi (w) = PL(w) - wL(w) $$ where $L(w)$ is the labor supply, $P$ is the constant output price, and it has a linear production ...
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Theories relevant to institutional quality and economic development [closed]

I want to write a term paper on institutional quality and economic development. What will be its possible theoretical framework?
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On closedness: commodity space

In Intriligator (2002, p. 143) we find the following statement: \begin{align} C = \{(x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n) : x_j \geq 0,~j=1,2,\ldots,n\} \subset [0,\infty)^n \end{align} Thus commodity space ...
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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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Have any economists ever argued that the notion of opportunity cost should be done away with?

I hold the opinion that the notion of opportunity cost "muddies the intellectual waters" so to speak, and I'd like to know if any professional economists have expressed this sentiment, or similar. ...
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Any information on a toy economy with 3 types of agents in it

I was thinking about a theoretical economy where there are 3 types of roles for the agents. They can be : workers : produce good A criminals : steal good A cops : protects good A without going into ...
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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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How is signaling theory different from cue utilization theory?

I think they are quite similar. I am a bit confused. Can anyone explain this to me? I got the name and the information about the cue utilitarian theory from a journal article that related to organic ...
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Will the goods market be in equilbrium along the AD curve?

This is a question which was asked in the entrance to Jawaharlal Nehru University's (New Delhi) entrance for their post-grad program specializing in International Economics in 2014. Which of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...