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Need help explaining how the elasticity was derived [closed]

We had a lecture on calculating elasticity in microeconomics and I need help understanding how the answer was derived. I didn't quite get how we came up with the answer. My classmate said to just ...
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How to find the short run and long run cost functions, given the production function?

The production function of car is given by $f(x_1,x_2,x_3) = \sqrt{x_1}+\sqrt{x_2}+\sqrt{x_3}$ (assume competitive input and output markets). Find the short run cost function (let input 3 ...
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Problem understanding an implicit differentiation

Here is a general budget constraint: $p{_1}x{_1}+p_{2}x_{2}=M\Leftrightarrow \frac{p_1}{p_2}x_1+x_2=\frac{M}{p_2}\Leftrightarrow {p_{1}}'x_1+x_2=M{}'$. The main idea is that since prices are given, ...
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In Courty and Li (2000) “Sequential Screening”, what justifies the last equation in Lemma 3.2?

Regarding the article "Sequential Screening," in Review of Economic Studies, 2000 by Courty and Li: In Lemma 3.2, the last equality states that ...
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variance-covariance matrix of 2sls in homoskedasticity and heteroskedasticity

How the variance-covariance matrix of two stage least square estimate in homoskedasticity or heteroskedasticity? The answer in homoskedasticity is $\sigma^2(E[xz'](E[zz'])^{-1}E[zx'])^{-1}$ and in ...
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Rounding a real number w.r.t. a given amount of steps

Let $x$ be a real number, $x \in [0,1]$. Suppose a system can only provide a noisy signal about the value of $x$, given the granularity allowed by the system, $N \in \mathbb{N}^*$. I'm looking for an ...
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Microeconomics : Total revenue for unit elasticity

I recently read in my microeconomics book that when elasticity = 1, total revenue remains the same. However, I am unable to follow this. I have two questions on this concept: Question#1- ...
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Application of a general “Weierstrass theorem”

http://books.google.at/books?id=9OSrV73a40gC&pg=PA45&lpg=PA45 gives a general Weierstrass theorem. Are there notable applications of this theorem, say in the calculus of variations? (I could ...
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How to solve a non-homogeneous second-order linear difference equation with both a forward and a backward difference?

Quite a long title for this: I'm looking for the general solution of the following difference equation: $$ax_{t+1} -bx_t + x_{t-1} = c + u_t$$ where $a,b,c$ are real constants and $u_t$ is a bounded ...
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Pure mathematics in our society

Is there some book or essay which deals with the sociological and economical justification of doing and funding pure mathematics? I'm looking for a modern version of Hardy's A Mathematician's Apology, ...
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income distribution from N, min,max and mediansalary, and total compensation

My goal is to obtain a reasonable approximation of the Gini index of a company (UBS). I need to obtain an estimate of the salaries distribution from publicly available data: Nuber of employees=60205 ...
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A mathematical approach to economics

Are there books or papers where economics is formalized and studied very rigorously? I am very interested in this topic. I would preferably like free online books and/or papers, but that is not ...
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Profit Model from Ellison Glaeser 1997

Can someone help me understand the following profit maximization problem (from Ellison Glaeser 1997)? Manufacturing plants choose where to locate each of $N$ plants in one of $M$ locations. The ...
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Expected revenue obtained by the Vickery auction with reserve price $1/2$

I would like to prove that the expected revenue of the Vickery auction with reserve price $1/2$ is $5/12$ when there are one item and two bidders the distribution of valuations are uniformly between ...
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preference relation.

In the exercise below I need to check whether the relation below is a preference relation ( need to be transitive (if $x>y$ and $y>z$ then $x>z$) and connected ). But I cannot find an ...
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Compactness and existence of Pareto-efficient cake partitions

I am trying to understand a fundamental statement in the theory of cake-cutting. BACKGROUND: There is a certain "cake" $C$ (a subset of $R^n$). The cake is divided among two agents, 0 and 1. Each ...
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Counterexample in axioms of expected utility theory

This is an exercise problem. Suppose $X_1=200$ with probability $1/3$, $0$ with probability $2/3$. $X_2=200$ with probability $p$, $0$ with probability $1-p$. $X_3=200$ with probability $1-p$, ...
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Expected utility representation

I am stuck on some question on utility theory. The question is as follow: Consider $A=[0,+\infty)$, and $Q=${F-cumulative distribution function on $A: \int^{+\infty}_0 x dF(x)<\infty$}, the set of ...
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Autocorrelation and var-cov matrix

$$Y_t=\beta_1+\beta_2 X_{t2}+\dots +\beta_k X_{tk}+\epsilon_t \qquad (t=1,\dots,T)$$ $$\epsilon_t=\rho \epsilon_{t-1}+v_t, \qquad v_t \sim \mathrm{i.i.d.}(0,\sigma^2_v)$$ GLS estimation under AR(1) ...
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Finding criteria for a household financial budget falsification

I’m working on a financial problem about budget of households. Households in a state fill a form about their net budget in every year and our insurance company investigate their financial status and ...
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$\operatorname{Var}(\hat{\beta_1})=\frac{\sigma^2}{\sum(X_i-\bar{X})^2}$ : how to derive this?

$\hat{\beta_1}$ is an OLS estimator for parameter $\beta_1$: $Y_i=\beta_0+\beta_1 X_i+\epsilon_i$, So $\hat{\beta_1}=\frac{\sum(X_i-\bar{X})(Y_i-\bar{Y})}{\sum(X_i-\bar{X})^2}$ and ...
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Help to solve this problem, the result doesn't seem right :/ silly mistake somewhere probably

Suppose that Coke and Pepsi are the only firms producing cola. Their products are not identical, but are very close substitutes. Let $P_c$ denote the price of Coke and $P_p$ the price of Pepsi. Demand ...
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So I have the following question, dont have much info on class notes and not sure how to tackle it, any suggestions, any help?

A seller has a single item for sale (which she values at zero). There are two potential buyers. The seller decides to use the following auction format to sell the object: each bidder submits a sealed ...
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Conditions for a positve vector in null space

Precursor to problem: Preparing for an exam in General Equilibrium Theory. One of the important theorems is the No Arbitrage Theorem which states that for an economy with $S$ states of the world and ...
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Silly fraction question

I've got $$ MPK'=\frac{1-d}{1+r+x} $$ But I need it in the form $$ MPK'=d+r+x $$ How do I bring those up top?
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Horizontal product differentiation problem

It's a version of the Hotelling model (product differentiation). One firm is located at the beginning of a line between 0 to 3, one at the end of the line (so one at 0, one at 3). There are $b/2$ ...
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Increasing marginal product implies increasing returns to scale?

Setup Let $f(x,y)$ be twice differentiable in both $x$ and $y$. Assume $\partial f/\partial x>0,\partial f/\partial y>0$ for $x,y>0$. $f$ is said to have increasing marginal product of ...
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Utility optimization question

Having trouble with how to put this together. I have an answer key, but the individual steps I am struggling with. Two period economy with a representative consumer that maximizes the utility ...
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Economics question. Rehashing the basics of dealing with exponents

Struggling to put two equations together effectively again. I have my income equation: $$ y=zk^\alpha $$ And I'm trying to plug it into my marginal product of capital $$ MPK=\alpha z k^{\alpha-1} ...
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Third and average price auction

Third price auction: the winner is the highst bidder but this time instead of paying the second highst bid, he would pay the third highst bid. -assume there are at least 3 bidders. - Average price ...
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Conditional and unconditional variance in ARMA processes

How can I compute the conditional and unconditional variance of $x_t$ given its past if $\{x_t\}$ is an ARMA$(p,q)$ process. I'm literally struggling over that. Cheers
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Show that the least squares estimator of the slope is an unbiased estimator of the `true' slope in the model.

Under the assumptions of the classical simple linear regression model, show that the least squares estimator of the slope is an unbiased estimator of the `true' slope in the model. Anyone have any ...
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Properties of this set of functionals (mixed pairings)

(from the 4th page of http://www.math.toronto.edu/mccann/papers/econ.pdf) Let $X$ be a compact Hausdorff space, and let $\omega$ be a Borel probability measure on $X$. A Borel probability measure, ...
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Calculate elasticity of demand [closed]

Calculate elasticity of demand if p=100-5q at the full levels of P&Q 1)P=90, Q=2 2)P=50, Q=10 3)P=5, Q=19 Thanks in advance.
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Game Theory in relation to economics and sociology [closed]

I know some algebra and calculus, and have been reading about Linear Programming/Game Theory. How are the models in this field, even the infinite calculus models, usable in macro economics. Even ...
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Von Neumann–Morgenstern independence axiom vs. Savage independence theorm

Von Neumann–Morgenstern independence axiom: Savage independence theorem: What is the difference between the two? I'm think Von Neumann is talking about the prizes (outcomes) and Savage is talking ...
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Deriving Stochastic Euler Equation

If a consumer has utility function \begin{equation*} u(c_t) = ac_t - \cfrac{b}{2}c_t^2 \end{equation*} and present value budget constraint \begin{equation*} \sum_{j=0}^\infty E_t[\beta^jc_{t+j}] = ...
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OLS slope estimate of AR(1) with autocorrelation

I've stumbled upon this question in my econometric textbook and can't work out the right answer. The question: Consider $$Y_t = B_2Y_{t-1} + u_t\\ \\ u_t = pu_{t-1} + \epsilon_t\\ $$ where $ ...
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Solving optimisation problem with langrangian method

I have a a question regarding a constrained optimisation problem where there are three constraints. I was wondering if should include lagrangian multipliers for each of the constraints or whether the ...
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Variable with an exponent variable

I'm actually dealing with an economics problem, but it seems like the math is always what messes me up. Ignoring what the variables mean, I'm trying to understand how to get from step 1 to step 2. $$ ...
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Price and price elasticity problem in Economics

I cannot figure out this problem, if anyone can just point me in the right direction that would be great. The price is $\$20$ and the price elasticity changes from $-2$ to $-3.$ If $\$20$ was the ...
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Microeconomics: Calculating Tax Revenue and Tax incidence

Australian Government has imposed a tax on Beer. Assume that the tax on Beer is $20 per unit (a unit is a carton of drinks) Assume the demand and supply functions for cartons of Beers per week are: ...
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Euler Equation and Marginal Rate of Substitution

I was wondering if someone could help me clarify a result from my lecture notes. I have put them as a picture. It concerns the result on the last slide (the other three slides are included as well ...
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Question about plotting indifference curves

So I am doing a last year paper on microeconomics I m asked to find pareto efficiencies , cores and so on within the edgeworth box. So what I wanna know is that whe they give me in this exercise the ...
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Average cost function and marginal cost function proof

I was wondering if someone could help me prove the following. Let $A(Q)$ be an average cost function and $M(Q)$ the corresponding marginal cost function. Show that if $M(Q)>A(Q)>0$ then $A(Q)$ ...
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The Historical Importance of Keynes' A Treatise on Probability

A visiting speaker in Economics recently happened to mention that John Maynard Keynes' A Treatise on Probability revolutionized probability theory. I have not heard any such claim before and it struck ...
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How practically relevant is game theory?

I usually don't care too much about the practical relevance of nice mathematics :-) But this time, as I am looking to find some areas where I can apply maths and possibly collaborate with ...
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Optimize profit given complete market information

Assume there are $N$ market participants (on the order of several hundred), and $M$ items (several thousand) being bought and sold on a market. For each participant/item pair, you know how many units ...
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Arrow's Impossibility Theorem Using Boolean Algebra

I am currently working on a research project which involves using Boolean matrices for the proof of Arrow's Impossibility Theorem and various other lemmas and results related to quasi ordered sets. In ...
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Suppose that the sequence of prices{$p_k$} converges to a limiting price $\bar p$. What must $\bar p$ be?

We let $Q_k$ denote the supply of commodity, $D_k$ the demand for the commodity, and $p_k$ the price at $k$-th time. The demand depends on the current price, $D_k = a + b p_k$ and the supply depends ...