# Questions tagged [utility]

Utility, or usefulness, is the (perceived) ability of something to satisfy needs or wants.

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### Indifference Curve Analysis [closed]

I would like to analyse how COVID-19 has impacted the aviation industry by looking at how the demand for airlines + holidays has fallen via an indifference curve analysis. However, I'm not sure where ...
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### What is a good way to generate realistic utility curves?

I am aiming to program a basic simulation of a simplified economy to look at the impact of various interventions. The economy will have N groups of homogeneous consumers and M producer / employer ...
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### Set of consumption over all period is convex in $\mathbb{R}^T_+$?

Today in class, the professor said that the set of all consumption $c(S)$ is non-empty, compact and convex subset of $\mathbb{R}^T_+$. i.e. we know $\sum \limits_{t=1} ^T c_t = S$ where $c_t$ is ...
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### Non-Constant Elasticity of Substitution

What's the literature on Non-Constant elasticities of substitution? Say, I'm interested in the elasticity between $c_1$ and $c_2$ increasing/decreasing in income/wealth. CES utility functions with ...
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### How can I prove that a utility function does (or does not) satisfy diminishing MRS?

I have this CES utility function: $$U(f, c) = (f^\alpha + c^\alpha)^{1/\alpha},$$ with $\alpha > 0$. The problem set asks does it "satisfy the principle of diminishing marginal rate of ...
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### Showing utility function gives preferences that are rational and convex

Consider a consumer with preferences relation $\succsim$ over non-negative commodities $x_1$ and $x_2$ such that their utility U = $x_1$ + $\ln(x_2)$ Are these preferences rational and are they convex/...
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### Does the duality of utility maximization and cost minimization hold in practice?

I recently learned about the relationship between utilization maximization and cost minimization. Are there studies on whether this duality holds in real life? Any information on this topic for a ...
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### What may the alpha mean in the context of indifference curves? How to solve such questions? [closed]

The question is as follows: A consumer has a budget of 3000 units. He uses it to buy 2 goods: bread and cheese. Cheese costs 30 units/kg, and bread costs 3units/kg. The indifference curve is ...
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### Proving that Marshallian demand is of the form: $x_i^*(p,I) = \hat{x}_i^*(p)I$ with certain conditions

Can I please have some feedback/help proving the following. My proof is below but I am quite uncertain as to whether my solution is efficient. Thank you. If $u(x)$ is a homothetic utility, then show ...
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### Is it accurate to state that an economist cannot assign a true numerical value for utility?

Investopedia article - What is the utility function and how is it calculated? https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/072915/what-utility-function-and-how-it-calculated.asp Article describes ordinal ...
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### Marginal Rate of Substitution for perfect complements

I have come across the following problem: Determine the marginal rate of substitution MRS(x1, x2) at point (x1, x2) = (5,1) for the following function: u(x1, x2) = min(x1, x2). The solution is that ...