# Questions tagged [utility]

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

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### How do I compute the relative risk aversion of Epstein-Zin preferences?

$$\newcommand{\E}{\mathbb{E}}$$ Preface This question is related to this one about the elasticity of intertemporal substitution and this one about the definition of absolute risk aversion. (It's ...
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### What is the proper term for the "meta-value" of an object?

For instance, say I have a roll of quarters and a roll of dimes. I can use the dimes and quarters in a parking meter, but 50 cents in dimes gets me less time than 50 cents in quarters. Additionally, I ...
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### Easterlin hypothesis

In my understanding, the seminal contribution of Easterlin (1974) showed that within a single cross section, both within and across countries, happiness correlates positively with income. However, ...
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### utility from providing public good as explained in Hindriks textbook

I think I understood the highlighted part: basically, by increasing $g^1$ my utility increases because more public good is being provided but at the same time it decreases because I have less money to ...
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### General Equilibrium allocation holding fixed a consumer's utility

I'm having some issues with solving this general equilibrium exercise. The way I started off is by assuming that since consumer 2's utility is fixed, he will have a fixed utility function. Then ...
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### What's the relation between deadweight-loss and alpha in Cobb-Douglas?

I'm studying for an exam and facing a question about the relationship between the $\alpha$ of the Cobb-Douglas function and the loss of utility of imposing taxes. If I have understood correctly, ...
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### Intertemporal choice with no income flow in the second period

Question: Suppose Mr X maximises his utility for two periods, his total utility is given by log $c_1$ + $\beta$ log $c_2$ where $\beta$ $\in$ ( 0,1) and $c_1$ and $c_2$ are his consumption for ...
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### Terminology for separability in price and value

Take an agent with mean-variance utility over something that is uncertain: $$U(x) = \mu_x^\theta - \sigma_x^\lambda$$ $A\in \{0,1\}$ happens if $U(x)>0$, and $x$ is a random variable  A = \...