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

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Question about Social Welfare Function and Social Profile

What are the meanings of a social welfare function and social profile? How are they related?
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Derive demand function from utility [closed]

Never encountered such a problem as I am new. $$U(x_1,x_2)=(a\ln(x_1)+b\ln(x_2))^n$$ and $a,b,n>0$ with income $w>0$ and prices $p_1,p_2>0$. Find the demand function. Attempt I am thinking ...
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The Price and Demand Index in Homothetic Kimball Utility

Suppose with Kimball preferences, utility $Q$ from consuming $\left\{q_{\omega}\right\}_{\omega \in \Omega}$ is implicitly given by $$\int_{\omega \in \Omega} Y\left(\frac{q_{\omega}}{Q}\right) d \...
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The Intuition of CES Utility

Suppose a (symmetric) CES utility function $$U(\mathbf{x})=\left[\int_{\Omega}\left(x_{\omega}\right)^{\frac{\sigma-1}{\sigma}} d \omega\right]^{\frac{\sigma}{\sigma-1}}, \sigma>1$$ 1 The indirect ...
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Is it true that for Cobb-Douglas preferences, the demand function is always iso-elastic?

As we know that $Q*P=const.$ for Cobb-Douglas preferences, we can thus conclude that $\frac{dQ/Q}{dP/P}$ is always $-1$: $$ QP=const. \implies 0=d(PQ)=Q\ dP+P\ dQ \implies \frac{dQ}{Q}=-\frac{dP}{P} $$...
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How do I determine PED from price consumption curve with slope of zero?

Given a budget for two goods $x_1$ and $x_2$, a fixed price for good 2 and three prices for good 1 with the corresponding optimal amount of good 1 ($x_1$), I like to calculate the PED for good 1. By ...
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Without knowing the Slutsky equation and income/substitution effect, how can I show a certain good is inferior or Giffen?

Say I've got a function $x_1(p_1,p_2,m)$ where $p_1, p_2$ are the prices for good 1, good 2 respectively and m is the income. Now, I haven't heard of the Slutsky equation yet nor the income/...
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Relation of Engel-curve to income elasticity of demand; is the slope of the Engel-curve equal to the elasticity of income?

I learnt that $\frac{\Delta x}{\Delta m} \gt 0$ for normal goods, $\frac{\Delta x}{\Delta m} \lt 0$ for inferior goods, $\frac{\Delta x}{\Delta m} \gt 1$ for luxury goods and $0 \lt \frac{\Delta x}{\...
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Marginal Utility vs Cost of production

I have a confusion. Marginal utility is always decreasing and people will not be happy to pay 2 times of price for 2 times of a coffe but I guess the price of producing 2 times of coffe will be the ...
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Is an income tax always more favourable for consumers compared to ad valorem/quantity tax?

I'm studying the optimal choice of consumers with regards to taxation. I read that for consumers, income tax is generally (for Cobb-Douglas preferences) preferred compared to ad valorem tax: If the ...
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Social welfare in terms of preferences

How does one define a social welfare in terms of individuals’ preferences $\succeq_i$? If we have utility functions $u_i$ then a social welfare maximizing outcome $x$ is simply one that maximizes $\...
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Why is the derivative of a monotonic transformation of a utility function assumed to always be greater than 0?

I'm looking into utility functions and their relation to indifference curves. Now, I understand a positive monotonic transformation does not change the order (it's a rank-preserving transformation). I ...
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Demand function for partially subsumable products

I am struggling with this question that should be simple for economists (I am not an economist at all): There is a market with a limited number of (heterogenous) consumers with two firms, each ...
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Utility maximization: pollution and housing prices

A factory releases a toxic pollutant which causes two types of damage to a representative area resident whose utility function is $U(S,H,x)= a \cdot \log(S) + b \cdot \log(H) + c \cdot \log (x)$ where ...
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Multi dimensional Auction in economics

I am following this paper . They have different suppliers and one buyer and They are using auction to select best suppliers Suppliers will submit. suppliers offer a multidimensional bidding on quality ...
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Ordinally Separable Utility Representation

Let $X_i$ be a separable, compact, Banach space. Definition: A weak order $\succeq$ on $X=\prod_{i=1}^NX_i$ has an ordinally separable representation if there exists $u_i: X\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and ...
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Trouble Understanding the Integral Underlying Random Utility Models

Given a utility function, $U_{nj} = V_{nj} + \varepsilon_{nj}$, it makes sense that we can find the probability the decision maker $n$ chooses alternative $i$ as: $$Pr(U_{ni} > U_{nj} \forall j \...
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How are real income and utility the same thing?

The textbook I'm using, "Microeconomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions", treats utility and real income as the same thing in the chapters on compensated and uncompensated demand. I ...
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Modern descendants of Frank Ramsey's paper "A Mathematical Theory of Saving"?

I haven't studied economics, but I'm interested in applied ethics, and I came across Frank Ramsey's paper "A Mathematical Theory of Saving". I thought his application of calculus to a ...
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How to prove that a utility function U(x,y)=min(x,2y) is quasiconcave?

I have a question that asks: "Let there be two goods 1 and 2.Let $x$ and $y$ denote their respective quantities.$(x,y)$ represents a bundle. Suppose a consumer’s preferences over bundles in $R^2_+...
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How to Represent as a Payoff Matrix

I'm trying to represent the following as a pay-off matrix. I have 100 dollars to invest in one agricultural stocks with a choice of apples, pears or grapes. Return on investment relies on whether ...
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Can I rename a utility function based on its properties?

A big name researcher gives a name to a specific utility function 30 years ago. Now I am writing a paper and feel that a new name might be more suited because of the properties associated with the ...
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Comparing & contrasting decision problems and normal games

I am trying to compare and contrast between decision problems and normal games. Are there any key concepts I should know? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Looking for an universal utility function

I'm trying to build a computer simulation of an economy which separate simulation for each household and I'm trying to figure out what utility function should I use to model the households behavior. I ...
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Necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a utility function

I was reading Jehle and Reny, Advanced Microeconomic Theory, where they discuss in detail, the choice problem of a consumer. The Consumption Set (or Choice Set) $X$ is a subset of $R_+^n$, is closed ...
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Arrow-Debreu Theorem of Existence: Non satiation

Let $n$ be the number of consumers and $m$ be the number of commodities. The Arrow-Debreu theorem requires closed and convex consumption sets $X_i \subset \mathbb{R}^m$ for all buyers $i \in [n]$. ...
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Von Neumann–Morgenstern implications for repeated strategic games

I am currently studying game theory and have just begun looking at repeated strategic games. In my lecture notes, it states that "preferences are unique up to an affine transformation", ...
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Is there a financial hypertrophy ? Could you make a case for finance?

I've the impression that finance is in hypertrophy. But I'm not an expert on it, so I'd like those who are more knowledgeable than I am to do a [steelman][1] of it. The things that make me thinking ...
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Social Planner problem: two period

The production function is $F(K_t,N_t)=AK_t^\alpha N_t^{1-\alpha}$ and depreciation $(\delta)$ is equal to 1. The given preferences are as follows: $$U(c_1,l_1,c_2,l_2)=\gamma log(c_1)+(1-\gamma)log(...
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Lagrangian multiplier and optimal bundle

I would like to know where I am wrong (if I am) and why I am wrong here please: If a consumer has an income of 600 euros to spend for good x (Px = 10 euros) and good y (Py = 5 euros). What is the ...
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Marginal Utility Meaning [closed]

I'm revisiting some old topics from introductory economics and I am not quite sure I have convinced myself of the theory behind marginal utility. I have a few simple questions if anyone could please ...
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Nested/Recursive Dynastic Utility Functions

I want to find a way of representing a dynastic utility function in which not only the head of the dynasty's utility is dependent on its descendants' utility, but all members of the family tree gain ...
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functional form for a consumption shock

In a DSGE model, how can I add a disturbance/shock in the consumption of households? For example given my utility function $$ U(C,H) = \frac{C_t^{1-\theta}}{1-\theta} - \frac{B}{\eta} H_t^\eta,$$ ...
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Interpersonal comparison of utility

What are the criteria which have been proposed to deal with the problem of interpersonal comparison of utility?
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Utility function parameters

I have the following utility function: u($x_1$,$x_2$)=($x_1$+$b_1$)$^c$($x_2$+$b_2$)$^{1-c}$ I'm asked to explain what $b_1$, $b_2$ and $c$ stand for, maybe for c is like a weight of every good. but I'...
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How to derive the Indirect Utility Function and Marshallian Demand from Homothetic Preferences

I need to prove the following relationships: 1 - If preferences are homothetic, then the indirect utility function can be written as $v(p, w) = v(p) · w$. 2 - If preferences are homothetic, then the ...
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Interpreting the Reference Outcome in Thaler (1985)

On page 18 of Thaler 1985 on Value-functions $V(\cdot)$, he makes an example about an individual expecting some outcome $X$, who instead obtains $(X + \Delta X)$ which he then defines as the ...
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What is the usefulness of Cobb Douglas functions? Why do we use them so often?

Hard to find much explanation as to why we generally use CD functions so often. My understanding is that it is usually well behaved when used for utility functions and preferances, since it is convex,...
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Labor Supply- how to do comparative statics?

Consider an economy with a competitive industry where the representative firm's production function takes the form of a Cobb Douglas production function $Y=z K^{\theta} L^{1-\theta}$. $z$ is an index ...
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max{x1,x2} where P1not=p2

I have seen min{x1,x2} functions representing perfect compliments but have never seen a max{x1,x2} function anywhere in my book or lectures, I also have never seen anything about p1 not equaling p2. ...
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Marginal utility and convex utility function

If we have a convex utility function, like the quadratic one, does the law of diminishing amrgnial utility still apply or do we have that the partial derivative of utility with respect to, say ...
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Find Pareto optimal allocations and the core for the following economies

Find Pareto optimal allocations and the core for the following economies. There are two consumers and two goods. Utility functions are $u_1(x_1,y_1)= 10x_1-(y_1-2)^2$ and $u_2(x_2,y_2) = 10y_2 − (x_2 −...
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What is the service equivalent of an economic 'bad'?

In general conversation, the terms "goods and services" are often used together. In economics, these terms have the following meanings: Goods: In economics, goods are items that satisfy ...
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Essential goods: How does one restrict the utility function?

I understand that solutions on boundary of the set under consideration when doing constrained optimization are often problematical. Usually it is said that we assume that goods are essential to insure ...
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Is unobserved heterogenity in mixed logit models variable specific?

I have a mixed logit model with travel cost, travel time, and mode constants. If I only randomize travel cost and keep fixed coefficients for travel time and mode constants, will the model capture ...
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Utility function for introductory microeconomics

What are the utility functions standardly used in introductory microeconomics courses. My own list would include Perfect substitutes: $U(x,y) = ax+by$ Perfect complements: $U(x,y) = \min(ax,by)$ Cobb ...
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graph of dependent income

I would need help with the following problem about consumer theory. Let us say that $X$ is the amount of days at the sea and $Y$ is the amount of days on the cottage. We have some utility function $u(...
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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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setting of Lagrangian function

Consider a simple consumer's problem: Max $u(X)$ s.t. $\sum_i^l p_i x_i\leq \sum_i^l p_i w_i$ $w$ is initial endowment. We can set the Lagrangian function to solve this problem. $L=u(X)+\lambda ( \...
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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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