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graph theory, economics and learning prerequisites

I'm a undergraduate student of economics and I"d like to know which classes I have to take to get in in graph theory with the purpose to apply it to economic theory. Undergraduate math is sufficient ...
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Compound Interest similarity

You have just purchased a car with a $£20,000$ price tag. The dealer offers to let you pay for your car in $5$ equal annual instalments, with first payment due in a year. If the dealer finances your ...
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The correlation between alpha and beta

Consider the following 2-variable linear regression where error $e_i$'s are independently and identically distributed with mean 0 and variance 1; $$ y_i=\alpha + \beta (x_i - \bar {x}) + e_i$$ where ...
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Effect on Minimizer of Tightening Constraints

The Statement of the Problem: Consider the minimization problem $f(x,y)=14x+20y$ under the constraints $x+2y \ge 4 $, $7x+6y \ge 20$, and $x,y \ge 0$. Don't use the simplex method! (i) Draw the ...
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Show that if A and B are strictly convex, then A + B is strictly convex or provide a counter example.

We have: If A is open: $\exists x,y \in A,$ $x \neq y$ such that $\lambda x+(1-\lambda y)\in \dot A $ (the interior) and $\exists u,v \in B,$ $x \neq y$ such that $\lambda u+(1-\lambda v)\in ...
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A risk neutral individual chooses among a pair of gambles.

I'm a little confused about the following lecture slide, which is written as follows. A risk-neutral individual chooses among pairs of gambles ...
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How CES function with integral becomes min function in the limit

I wonder how a CES function over a continuum of goods, $$\left(\int_1^\infty c(\theta)^\delta g(\theta) \mathrm{d}\theta\right)^\frac{1}{\delta}$$ where $c(\theta), g(\theta)>0 \forall ...
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Convex combination and convex set

From where does $tx + (1-t)x'$ originate from? I am selfstudying an economists book, and this is popping up all of a sudden. I get that it's a line between $x$ and $x'$, but why? And is $tx' + (1-t)x$ ...
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Unknown functions yield a given determinant

I am trying to develop a nomogram which simultaneously shows the exact Fisher equation $(1+u) = (1+v)(1+w)$ and its linear approximation $u \approx v + w$. This amounts to finding twelve smooth ...
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Cournot competition: profit maximizer vs. market share maximizer

Today during an informal conversation with an established business researcher, I learned such a fact: In the classical Cournot competition model, if one player is a profit-maximizer, the other ...
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Econometrics/Statistics, variance and means

here's the problem I can't figure out on my own: The weight of a randomly selected student, (W), has a mean of $170$ and variance of $10$. Defining the new random variable ($Y$): the total weight of ...
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Gross Substitutes under continuous perturbations

Let $v_i(S)_{i \in [n], S \subseteq G}$ be a collection of Gross Substitute valuations. I am wondering if I can add a small perturbation to each valuation and still get Gross Substitute valuations. ...
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Envelope Theorem and Static Optimization

The Statement of the Problem: For fixed $r \gt 0$ and $m$, find the maximum value of $1-rx^2-y^2$ on the constraint set $x+y=m$. Find the value function $f^*(r,m)$ and compute $\frac{\partial ...
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How much is 6% a year in months?

I am currently in high school where we are learning about present value. I struggle with task like these: Say you get 6% interest each year, how much interest would that be each month?
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Identifying a subclass of the class of monotonic transformations

Let $u$ be a continuous function from $R$ to $R$. Then $v$ is called a positive monotonic transformation of $u$ if $u(x) < u(y)$ if and only if $v(x)<v(y)$ and similarly for greater than and ...
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Can I embed $\mathbb R^{\mathbb N}$ with a partial order into $^\ast\mathbb{R}$ with the linear order?

Define a relation $\prec$ on $\mathbb R^{\mathbb N}$ as, For all $f, g \in \mathbb R^{\mathbb N} $, $f \prec g$, if for all $n \in \mathbb N$, $f(n) \leq g(n)$, and there exists a $m \in \mathbb ...
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Supply Curve and Consumer's Surplus Help

The following information is given: p=S(x)= 80e^(0.05x) ¯x=15 What I am struggling to figure out is how to obtain the value of ¯p I set S(x)=15 and got that ¯p was -33.47952, but am unsure if this ...
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Profit Function where total revenue is re-spent on production?

I'm trying to find a function that finds the net profit gain over multiple iterations. For example, if I produce a unit for 5 dollars , and can sell it for 8 dollars, I would have a net gain of 3 ...
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Perfect equilibrium - consumer, producer surplus

Inverse function of market demand for certain good is equal to $P=100-0.25Q$, inverse supply function is $P=20+0.55Q$. Calculate equilibrium price and quantity. Furthermore calculate consumer and ...
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Using Lagrange for finding Marshallian Demand

I want to find the marshallian demand function for the user function $u(x_1,x_2) = x_1^ax_2^{1-a}$ where $a \in (0,1)$. This is what I have so far: $$L = x_1^ax_2^{1-a} - \lambda(p_1x_1 + p_2x_2 - ...
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Calculating the conversion factor for a bond

It is june 25 2005. The futures price for the June 2005 CBOT bond futures contract is 118-23. Calculate the conversion factor for a bond maturing on Jan. 1, 2021, paying a coupon of 10% : since the ...
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Does one necessarily need an MS in Math before taking a PhD in Math? [closed]

I finished bachelor's in mathematical finance and am nearly finished with master's in mathematical finance (I am already done with thesis), and I plan to pursue a PhD not in mathematical finance but ...
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Quasiconcavity of $g(x)=xf(K-x)$

The function $f(x)$ is strictly increasing, finite, positive and twice continuously differentiable on the compact interval $[0,K]$, and $f(0)=0$. I'm trying to either find a counterexample to, or a ...
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Asymmetric information about company's worth, maximizing profit

ABC Ltd is worth $v$ to its owners who will sell if they get an offer at least $v$. XYZ Ltd doesn't know $v$ but knows that $v$ can be $2m$, $3m$, $4m$, or $6m$ and considers these $4$ outcomes are ...
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Core vs. Strong Core in Housing Allocation Games

I am presently reviewing the course notes for my Game Theory course, and I'm struggling with the concepts of the core vs. the strong core. In the notes, we have three players, with preferences ...
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Mathematical question about currencies

I've tried to get an answer for this question elsewhere but with no luck, so I would appreciate a mathematical analysis of it. Assume $0\%$ commission. Consider three currencies, let's say the Zong, ...
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Average Cost of Obtaining in game Item

I know this will sound like a trivial maths problem, but recently I've been playing a game in which you can pay 5 in game gems to get a Rare (R), Super Rare (SR), and Ultra Rare (UR) characters ...
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Endogenous covariate in first-difference panel data model

I have a linear panel data set (murder.dta, standard STATA dataset). First I estimate a first difference model. An assumption from this model is that the first differences of the covariates and the ...
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Personal Experiences with Probability Simulation

Simulations methods are increasingly used in theoretical and (especially) applied probability. Personally, I have used simulation for purposes that range from recreational Q&A to applications of ...
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When the company will stop production?

Given total costs function $C(q)=100+10q-6q^2+3q^3$. For which price the company will stop production given that all of the fixed costs are sunk? Do not know how to approach those type of questions, ...
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Assistance with exponential inflation equations

We are trying to model an exponentially inflationary currency exchange, let's say converting dollars into clams, based on a compounding rate. Our cost equation looks like this: c = b(b*r)^e Where: c ...
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Finding the equilibrium quantity of goods produced

Consider a market with 3 types of goods, $a$, $b$ and $m$. There are two types of consumers: 100 consumers of type X and 100 consumers of type Y. All consumers of the same type are identical to each ...
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Given domain and range of a monotone function, what is the maximum slope?

I'm looking for a reference in answer to one of the following questions: Is there a general result out there that will give the maximum possible slope of a monotone function, given its domain and ...
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How to calculate the max home purchase price based on a maximum Debt to Income ratio?

I'm trying to calculate the maximum home purchase price a home buyer can afford given their annual salary, monthly debt, and a maximum debt to income ratio of 44%. I am not super familiar with ...
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Stochastic dominance characterization

Consider two probability measures on $\Bbb R$ given by $\mu$ and $\nu$. We write $\mu\leq \nu$ if there exists a joint distribution $P$ with the latter marginals such that $P(x\leq y) = 1$. In ...
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How to calculate $p_i$ in Blau's Index of Heterogeneity

I came across this: "Therefore, board gender diversity and board racial diversity are calculated using Blau's index of heterogeneity $(1 - \sum p_{i}^2)$, where $p_i$ is the proportion of group ...
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From utility function (3 products) to demand function (2 products)

I am struggling with this exercise and would appreciate some help. Consider two goods and a representative consumer whose utility is given by: $U(q_{0}, q_{1}, q_{2})= ...
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Utility maximization of n goods

I have a question that involves finding the optimal demand of n goods for a consumer. However, I haven't anything like this before and I'm not sure how to proceed. The consumer has a utility ...
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micro economics [closed]

If production function is linear and given by: $Y=3K +L$ Find the marginal rate of technical substitution. If price of capital equals the price of labour what is the best combination of capital ...
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how to solve a simplex with n variables

I don't know how to resolve a simplex with n variables I have this primal problem \begin{cases} \text{min}& z=-x_1 - x_2 -... - x_n\\ &a_1x_1 + a_2x_2 +... + a_nx_n \le 1\\ &x_1... ...
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I need som help with price ratios.

Okay, so I'm doing some econ. homework and I'm supposed to draw a graph where the relative price of $P$ is $4 T/P$. Thing is that my brain stops working anytime I try to think about ratios. I know ...
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Engel Curve in Economics

I have a utility function in the form $U = B^{.67}Z^{.33}$ I am supposed to find an Engel curve assuming that the price of goods B and Z are $P_b$ and $P_z$ respectively with income level $Y$. I can ...
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Density - Excess Bunching - Bunching Estimator

Saez defines excess bunching at the kink as the area under the density in the dominated region: $$ B = \int^{z^*+d z}_{z^*} h(z)dz \approx h(z^*)dz^* $$ where income $z$ is distributed according to a ...
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About uniqueness of interest yield

I am not sure this belong to this site, in case I will post it elsewhere. Let $P$ be the price of a bond, let $C_k$ the promised cash flow in year $k$. Then we define the interest yield $y$ as the ...
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dynamical systems applied to economics

I'm ending my undergraduate economics course and I'd like to extend my MA research program to dynamical economic systems. Knowing that my mathematical basis is calculus of 1 and 2 variables, linear ...
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Convolution of which distribution will give a uniform distribution?

Suppose there are two IID random variables x1 and x2. What should be the distribution of these random variables so that the distribution of x1-x2 is a uniform distribution?
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Proving the expenditure function $e(p,u)$ is strictly increasing in $u$ when $u$ is not assumed to be an increasing function.

Hello I am wondering how best to prove that the expenditure function $e(p,u)$ is strictly increasing in $u$ assuming that $u$ itself is not an increasing function (which is the opposite of what $u$ is ...
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Submodular function of 2 variables with specific properites

For an application in economics, I am looking for an example function with the following properties: Function of 2 variables on the unit interval, i.e., $f : [0,1]\times[0,1] \rightarrow ...
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Reference Request - Introductory book on Mathematical Modelling in Economics and Business

I have to take a compulsory course named Mathematical Modelling in Economics and Business this semester and have absolutely no background on the subject. I also noticed there is no post on this site ...
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Optimal choice of job based on multiple ranks

First of all I should state that I am a non-mathematics student but am pretty mathematically-inclined. I have a problem that I can't find a solution to on Google. Here is the hypothetical: I have ...