# Questions tagged [utility]

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

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### Calculating risk interest rate within a two period model

I am trying to calculate how to determine the interest rate ( = risk free rate + premium) within the following model where a consumer decides to invest in a safe asset or in a risky asset. The utility ...
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### How do I solve the Envelope Theorem condition in Microeconomics?

I am preparing myself for a MSc in Economics and don't understand why, according to the Envelope Theorem, when deriving a utility function $u(θ, q(θ), r(θ)) = B(q-r) - C(\frac{q}{θ})$, its derivative ...
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### Why do many papers not write the actual utility function?

Why do many papers write the intertemporal maximisation problem for the household as \begin{equation}E_{0} \sum_{t=0}^{\infty} \beta^{t} U\left(C_{t}, N_{t}\right)\end{equation} and then do not write ...
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### Expenditure function. Prove that this set is bounded

I need to prove that the following set is bounded in order to derive the expenditure function: $e(p,v)=min_x px$ ST $\{x \in R^n_+$ such that $U(x)\geq v\}$. Knowing that $U(x):R^n \longrightarrow R$ ...
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### Is it considered acceptable or unacceptable to use currency as a measure of utility?

There will always exist at least one economist who condones measuring utility in US dollars and another who does not. However, I am wondering which way the majority of contemporary economists lean. ...
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### Equivalent Variation of Price Change

If Bernice (whose utility function is min {x; y} where x is her consumption of earrings and y is money left for other stuff ) had an income of \$12 and was paying a price of \$3 for earrings when the ...
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### Diminishing mariginal utility and risk preferences

Diminishing marginal utility is a concept only in cardinal utility theory rather than ordinal utility theory. As diminishing marginal utility implies a concave shape of the utility function, does it ...
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### Why can utility functions be continuous, and what does this imply for marginal utility?

I am studying microeconomics at the introductory undergraduate level and two related but distinct questions are puzzling me. First, my textbooks express utility functions as continuous functions by ...
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### Utility theory and portfolio optimization: utility of what exactly?

In finance, a common problem is selection of an optimal portfolio given some constraints (e.g. budget constraint and perhaps nonnegative allocation constraint). One can define the optimization problem ...
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### Shortcuts for elasticity of substitution

How can I find the elasticity of substitution (I know the definition) if I know the utility function $u(x,y)$? I know its increasing in $x$ and $y$, etcetera, and has everything else you want from a ...
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### Budget Constraint in Utility Maximisation Problem with Lagrange Multipliers

Lets say we have a utility function $U: \mathbb{R}^{2} \to \mathbb{R}$ given by $U(x,y)$ and a binding budget constraint $p_{x} x + p_{y} y = m$, where $p_{x}, p_{y}$ are prices of goods $x,y$ and $m$ ...
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### For the case of two goods, give an example of preferences that are represnted by a continuous utility function that allows for fat indifference curves

The question in the title sounds like a trick question, due to the monotonicity property that indifference curves have, such that for two goods x and y, strong monotonicity implies y > x. Possible ...
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### How to prove monotonic transformation of the function and equivalence?

At the microeconomics course I have to prove monotonic transformation of the function U(x,y) = A(x^a)(y^b) into U(x,y) = (x^0.5)(y^0.5) Since the MRS are ay/bx and x/y resp. I can obviously only ...