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In what way is ex post implementation important in robust mechanism design?

Can someone tell me the difference between ex post implementation and dominant strategy implementation. In what way is ex post implementation important in robust mechanism design?
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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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help for an integral

I need help calculating this integral: $$\int_0^x \frac{2(e^{\gamma u}-1)}{(\gamma+\kappa)(e^{\gamma u}-1)+2\gamma} du$$ I tried with the integration by parts but the situation seems to get ...
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What is this subclass of the class of monotonic transformations?

Let $u$ be a continuous function from $\mathbb{R}$ to $\mathbb{R}$. 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 ...
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Counterexample to each Arrow's axiom

I am trying to find ways that combine group preferences which hold for 3 out of the 4 Arrow's axioms. Here is what I have come up with so far: Unrestricted Domain Not sure what scheme would ...
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Population and production in a dynamic system [on hold]

I' trying to solve this problem but would need some help: Let $N=N(t)$ denote the size of a certain population, $X=x(t)$ the total product and $y(t)=X(t)/N(t)$ the product per capita at time $t$. ...
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cost minimization knowing the cost of labor and capital

The production function is $f(L,M)=4L^{0.5}M^{0.5}$ , where L is the number of units of labor and M is the number of machines used . If the cost of labor is \$100 per unit and the cost of ...
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Why is maximising expected monetary value not plausible for large amounts of money?

My teacher asked us which of these gambles do you prefer: $g_1=£500,000$ $g_2=0.1£2,500,000 \oplus 0.89£500,000 \oplus 0.01£0$ The EMV for each gamble is £500,000 and £695,000 respectively, ...
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Depletion Engineering Economy

An engineer sold his machine for $17,000$, after using it for 5 years. He bought a new machine worth $75,000$ with an expected life of 12 years, and a salvage value of $2,000$. The operating cost ...
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Which of these influence diagrams are not valid?

Which of these are valid influence diagrams? For those that are not, state the exact reasons why The squares, circle and diamonds represent decision, chance and value nodes respectively. (1) - ...
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Decision tree probabilities

I am solving the following decision problem. I formulated the problem into the tree OK but am unsure of what the probabilities along the branches are. i.e. how do I go from, for example, $P(H_1 \cap ...
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My brothers share from income.

My brother is driving a limo with his partner who told him that they will go $50-50$ on income and also $50-50$ on gas. So if my brother earns $\$1000$ by spending $\$200$ on gas, what will be my ...
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Analyse the US presidential election from the perspective of Arrow's theory

I want to consider the voting system against the 4 Arrow's axioms. So first the voting system simplifies to first-past-the post system where the highest polling candidate wins the election. How does ...
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What model should I use for judging a dimension given only composed data with another?

I am attempting to upgrade a modeling system using a limited type of statistical information, but with the sample covering the entire system. The problem is how to use the additional information in ...
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I need a formula to find this value.

So, I need a formula to help me find out profitable ventures. I am buying items for X and selling them for Y. However, there are fees involved. Everytime I buy an item, an additional 1% of my money ...
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What is my unit of observation for this time series data set?

My professor gave us a data set to run a regression and I have a data set which lists years from 1959-2007, gross private investments (in billions of dollars), and gross private savings (in billions ...
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Arrow-Debreu Equilibrium pricing

I have this problem in asset pricing that I don't know how to solve. Here it is: Consider an economy with a complete set of Securities and $N$ states of the world Tomorrow. Assume that there are two ...
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economics partial derivative / consumer surplus question

Answer ALL parts of this question. (a) Explain what is meant by a „partial derivative‟, (you should include the definition of a partial derivative). For the function $z$ defined below, determine all ...
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Utility maximization problem

I tried to search through the site and couldn't find a similar example. The task is to solve the utility maximization problem to identify the inverse demand for e(electricity). The utility function: ...
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Motivating linear algebra for economics students?

I'm a tutor for the introductory linear algebra course at my school; this course is required for most upper division economics classes, so a lot of my tutees are economics majors. This is a typical ...
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Maximise the function with constraints

Is it possible to maximise this function algebraically $$f(x_{1},x_{2})=5\cdot \min\left(\frac{x_{1}}{6},\frac{x_{2}}{2}\right) + 2\cdot\min\left(\frac{1200-x_{1}}{3},\frac{300-x_{2}}{2}\right)$$ ...
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References for Duality Theory

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for Duality Theory. I've touched on Duality before in various courses but it's coming up quite a lot in my studies at the moment. I guess what I'm ...
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Infinite Horizon Transversality Condition

I am an economics student, and I have run into a question where I must apply a transversality condition in order to prove that we have a balanced growth path (all variables grow at the same constant ...
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What does Arrow's theorem say about Kaldor-Hicks social welfare functions with von Neumann-Morgenstern utility?

Let $A$ be the set of all possible states of the world, let $G(A)$ be the set of all "lotteries" or "gambles", i.e. the set of all probability distributions over $A$. Now consider an individual with ...
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Constrained maximization of …

I have to maximize $U(x,y)= Min(ax+y, by+x)$ s.a $p_{1}x +p_{2}y =m$. I try the traditional solution for a leontieff $(ax_{1}+y= by_{1}+x)$ function but I'm not sure.. beacause exist regions where one ...
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Savings question: How long will savings last if I withdraw a certain amount every year?

Let's say that for $30$ years I insert $.20$ dollars every year into a bank account for with interest rate $5\%$. After 30 years, I stop inserting money, and start withdrawing 0.70 dollars every year. ...
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A Basic Question E-views

I ask a question about E-views. Is the P-value in the picture less than 0.05 or greater than 0.05? I'm confused because of the presence of the sign '<' in front of 0.10. Please help mee. Thank you. ...
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Volatility of investment (/w currency hedging)

I´ve been trying to compute a volatility of invesment with currency hedging and I have a question. Let's take this example. We have our money in a fond copying the S&P500 index, which has 16% ...
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Advantages/disadvantages of a utiliarian social welfare function

If a planner obeys anonymity and strong Pareto principle (individual preferences carry over to the group), then the social utility function will be: $W(x)=\sum_{i=1, ..., n}U_i(x)$ i.e. summing ...
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Prove that the core of this game is empty

A game (N, v) is simple if for every coalition S is a proper subset of N, either v(S) = 0 or v(S) = 1, In a simple game, a player, i, is said to be a veto player, if v(N \ {i}) = 0. Suppose (N,v) is ...
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Find Bayesian Nash Equilibria

A rich, honest, but mischievous father told his two sons that he had placed $10^n$ and $10^{n-1}$ in two envelopes respectively, where n ∈ $\{1,2,3,\ldots,10\}$. The father then randomly handed each ...
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Industry characterized by market power leads to deadweight loss

An industry characterized by market power (that is, a non competitive industry) always leads to deadweight loss- Is this statement true or false If true, how to explain ?
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Find linear price function from a point

I have to do a simple managerial economics exercise. I know that a firm sells $Q=16000$ units at a price of $P=1672$. Moreover, I know that it will sell 18% more units if the firm decrease the ...
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Solving optimization with Lagrange multipliers

I am fairly new to Lagrange multipliers. Can someone please show me how to maximize the following function: \begin{align} f(x,y)=240\sqrt{x}+y \end{align} Subject to: \begin{align} 30x+y=720 ...
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Number of firms in the market

Suppose market for corn is in long-run equilibrium. All suppliers face same cost curve $AC=300-q+0.02q^2$. The demand curve is given by: $D(P)=642,000-36P$. How many firms are there in the market ? ...
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Give an example that the following condition does not imply WARP

I know how to prove that Weak Axiom of Revealed Preference (WARP) implies the following condition: if $a\in B_1, B_1 \subseteq B_2, a\in C(B_2)$, then $a\in C(B_1)$. $C$ here is a notation for choice ...
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Mathematics of a Real 3-Commodity Market Model

Ok, the mathematics for this problem may not be too straightforward, but I hope someone can help. I’m looking at a different approach to how an economic market is modelled today, and am looking for ...
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Solve for the interest rate while we are not told if it is simple or compound.

You are offered to have a discount of \$20 if you pay cash now for \$1500 due in 120 days. If you pay cash now, at what rate may you consider your money to be earning interest for the next 120 ...
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Bayes risk and Bayes decision

We are considering a sample of size $n$ from an exponential distribution, with parameter $w >0$. We wish to produce an estimate for $d$, for $w$ , with loss function: $L(w, d)=w(w-d)^2$ The prior ...
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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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How to calculate the marginal cost of the following gasoline price?

A driver wants to buy gasoline and have her oil checked,too. The price of gasoline at the pump is 2 dollars per litre. The pricing for the oil check varies: it's 1 dollar when she buys 49 litres and ...
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How to calculate the value added for the following question?

In $2012$ a store imported an iPad for $400$. In $2013$, the store sold the iPad for $600$. As a result of these transactions, the value added is: $A) 400$ in $2012$ and $600$ in $2013$ $B) 0$ in ...
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Seanonal unit root test in gretl for seasonal period bigger than 12

I am working in GRETL with monthly sunspot number time series which is a seasonal time series with seasonal period 128 (11 year = 128 months). I am trying to perform the seasonal unit root test in ...
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Are these preferences rational according to utility theory?

I have this question about whether preferences satisfy the $6$ properties of utility, and am particularly stuck on the boundness, coherence and continuity conditions. Here is the problem: If one ...
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Does there exist a utility function for these gambles and preferences?

Suppose that you prefer a gamble which pays $£100$ with probability $0.5$ and $£10$ with probability $0.5$ to a gamble which pays $£200$ with probability $0.25$, $£50$ with probability $0.25$ and ...
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Arrow's theorem, strategic thinking and utilitarianism

I have this problem as part of a course on Decision Theory, and was not sure about question a (4th condition of Arrow's theorem) and question dii (utilitarianism). I have provided the whole question ...
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Pairwise majority voting and Arrow's axioms

The following is a question on Arrow's theorem with a pairwise majority decision. The bits I was unsure about was (bi) (is the 4th condition satisfied?) and also is (bii) correct? Thanks for your help ...
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Show, by example, that we can find social welfare functions which satisfy any three of the four Arrow's axioms.

I want to show, by example, that we can find social welfare functions which satisfy any three of the four Arrow's axioms. Given at least three rewards, and at least two individuals, there is no ...
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Sen's theorem on minimal liberalism

I want to solve the following question regarding Sen's theorem and preferences orderings. The bit I am having trouble with is 2b Question 1: Describe Sen's theorem ('paradox') There is no social ...
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Expected annual returns (financial maths)

An economy contains these three assets: Asset A has standard deviation of returns (per annum) of 25% and market capitalisation $600m Asset B has standard deviation of 20%, market capitalisation ...