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If $x_i$ is from a random sample is $Var(\bar x \mid x_i)=0$?

If $x_i$ is from a random sample, is the conditional variance of the mean (or the sum of squares, really any statistic based on $x$) just treated as a constant? I saw this in a OLS variance of a ...
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On properties of linear orders

I have a simple question. Let A={a,b,c,...} be a set and > a total strict order on $2^A$. Total strict order means that for any two subsets of A, say S and S', either S>S' or S'>S but not both. The ...
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Annunity calculation with and without tax

I'm doing a annunity calculation: payment = 331880*( 0,002458333 /( 1-(1+0,002458333)^-84) ) This will return me the payment per. month of the loan ...
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How to analyze convergence of non-linear difference equation (recurrrence relations)

I've a couple of functions, such as: $Y(t+1)=2-\ln(Y(t))$ $Y(t+1)=(Y(t))^{-2}$ $Y(t+2)=e^{-Y(t)}$ and I need to analyze stability and convergence. No problem with stability, but I can't figure out ...
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Calculate the excess burden (deadweight loss) of as a function of t [closed]

Consider a consumer whose utility is given by $U(x,y)=x+y$. She spends her income, given by $I=10$, on two consumption goods, $x$ and $y$, the prices of which are given, respectively, ...
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Partial Derivative Problem ( Two Variable Function).

Two commodities $Q_1$ and $Q_2$ are said to be substitute commodities if an increase in the demand of either results in a decrease in the demand of the other. Let $D_1(p_1,p_2)$ and $D_2(p_1,p_2)$ be ...
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Rate of Return / Standard Deviation / Correlation Coefficient - Mathematical Finance

Consider these two stocks: AT&T Inc. (T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ). Use the daily adjusted closing prices from March 1, 2015 to August 12, 2015 as historical data. Estimate the mean ...
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Underlying utility function behind a linear two-product demand curve

I am trying to find the underlying utility function behind a linear two-product demand model. For that, I use two methods considering the following utility function: \begin{equation} U(q_1,q_2) = ...
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Is the standard definition of vector wrong?

The definition of a vector is usually something like "a quantity that has both a magnitude and a direction". But, in the context of, say, economics rather than physics, does this definition make ...
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Options Pricing / Delta -Mathematical Finance

Consider Apple Inc. as the underlying asset, use its daily adjusted closing prices from August 12, 2014 to August 12, 2015 as historical data to estimate standard deviation. Use the rate r = 0.005 as ...
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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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Application of convex functions in economy [closed]

I have read in some texts that convex functions has application in economy. I want to see some clear examples of such applications.
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System of Differential Equations- Asymmetric First-Price Auction

I am working on a problem in my Auction Theory textbook regarding a two-player asymmetric first price auction. Assume the bidders are risk neutral. The problem statement is as follows: ...
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Is there a concept already for $\frac{f'(x)}{f(x)/x}$?

Given a differentiable real function $y=f(x)$, is there a math concept/terminology already defined for $$\frac{f'(x)}{f(x)/x}?$$ This quantity is inspired from price elasticity of demand. Thanks.
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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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How to find unkown height of triangle without hyptenuse

I been trying to solve this question and have tried to solve it for many days, but do not know how, any help would be much oblidged. A cable company owns the roads marked with the dotted lines in ...
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Calculus for Economics

Please suggest me a good book for Calculus. I am a beginner. It would be better if you tell me which book would be appropriate for learning Calculus for understanding Economics.
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Chaos theory in stock market

I am doing an IB Extended Essay on chaos theory and fractals in the consumer stock market. It is a high school level essay (4000 words) and should be understandable for a calculus student. I'm having ...
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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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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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Auction Design : Multiple lots, one win max per bidder, not regret

This is a real life game theory problem. I have to organize an auction. There is a finite number of lots, which are not equivalent. There is a finite number of bidders; the number of bidders is ...
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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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Consumer surplus for multiple products

I want to extend the classical definition of consumer surplus to multi-product case. For a single product, consumer surplus is given as \begin{equation} CS=\int_ {p_{market}} ^ {p _{\max}}D(p)dp. ...
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computing a fixed interest rate

I've been struggling for hours now with understanding a Topcoder problem, Autoloan , but i cannot grasp the way of computing it from a mathematical point of view. The excerpt goes as follows: A ...
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Is 2nd-price with a discount auction truth-telling?

I know that 2nd-price auction is truth-telling, but 3rd-price auction is not. What If I run the regular 2nd-price auction, in the end, the winner is charged at the 2nd bidding price with a discount, ...
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Same Expected Value but different variances. Is $E[U(X)] \ge E[U(Y)]$?

Let $U: \mathbb R -> \mathbb R$ be a concave function, and let $X$ be a random variable with a normal distribution, expected value $\mu$, and standard deviation $\sigma$. Let $\lambda \gt 1$, and ...
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Prove that $E[U(X)] \ge E[U(Z)]$

Let U: $\mathbb R$ -> $\mathbb R$ be a concave function, let X be a random variable with a finite expected value, and let Y be a random variable that is independent of X and has an expected value 0. ...
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Measuring how “connected” nodes are in a network

I am an undergraduate studying economics and mathematics. I've never studied graph theory formally (only briefly in my spare time) and as such I don't have formal terms for what I'm clumsily trying to ...
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Graph Theory text for social scientist.

I am a graduate student in Economics. I have a decent grounding in maths, but I've never studied graph theory or combinatorics. I need to study graph theory in order to analyse production networks. ...
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Third and average price auction

Third price auction: the winner is the highest bidder but this time instead of paying the second highest bid, he would pay the third highest bid. -assume there are at least 3 bidders. - Average price ...
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Market Equilibrium & Calculus

I am a math nerd, but I'm working on my majorly lacking derivative analysis calculus. Trying to break into better understanding market equilibrium. I found some example questions that I am working ...
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Y open relative to X

I'm trying to prove the following theorem: Let $X\subseteq\mathbb{R}^{k}$, $Y\subseteq X$. Then $Y$ is open relative to $X$ $ \iff$ $\forall y\in Y\exists\epsilon>0\ N_{\epsilon}^{X}(y)\subseteq ...
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Calculating present worth for benefits/cost analysis

I need some help solving an example question that I found in book. The example is Ex 9.3 from Engineering Economy 7th edition by Blank and Tarquin. Whenever I calculate the PW of investment, costs, ...
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Arrow’s Theorem

Suppose $k ≥ 3$ Recall that Arrow’s Theorem shows that any function $F:(S_k)^n\to S_k$ (the input is composed of n permutation of $[k]$ and the outcome is a single permutation of $[k]$ that satisfies ...
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I need something like “how to calculate equilibrium price for complete idiots”

My grandfather rises, sells and resells livestock and I want to help him by calculating when and for what price to (re)sell or buy livestock. As far as I understand(although I have a hunch that I need ...
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Scaling value based on a variable range

I'm looking for a formula that produces a predictable and scaling result based on an initial input variable. The initial input will be between 0 and 48, and needs to return a number between 0.8 and ...
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Need help understanding a simplification in a simultaneous search model.

The problem I am trying to solve is $\max_{k \in \mathbb{N}} \int_0^1 u d F(u)^k - ck$, where the associated utility is an iid random variable U following $F(\cdot)$ on [0,1]. $c > 0$ is the ...
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Using the definition of a concave function prove that $f(x)=4-x^2$ is concave (do not use derivative).

Let $D=[-2,2]$ and $f:D\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be $f(x)=4-x^2$. Sketch this function.Using the definition of a concave function prove that it is concave (do not use derivative). Attempt: ...
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Calculus in Economics

A company is planning to manufacture and market a new headphone set. After conducting extensive market surveys, the research department provides the following estimates: Marginal costs function: ...
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Population and production in a dynamic system

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. Suppose: ...
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Understanding the Leontief inverse

What I remember from economics about input/output analysis is that it basically analyses the interdependencies between business sectors and demand. If we use matrices we have $A$ as the input-output ...
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Percentage change relationship

Given $Z=X^{\alpha}$ how can one prove that the percentage change in $Z$ is simply $\alpha$ times the percentage change in $X$? This was given as a 'simple mathematical rule' in an economics text ...
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How can I draw an edgeworth box in 3 dimensions

If there are 3 types of goods(x,y,z) and 2 consumers (a,b) how can I draw the Edgeworth box? It must be 3 dimensional, right? Is there a software or online tool that I can use to draw a 3D Edgeworth ...
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Heteroskesdacity

Consider the following model for real estate values applied to a cross-section of homes: $Price = \beta_0 + \beta_1\cdot SQFT_i + \beta_2 \cdot YARD_i + \beta_3 \cdot POOL_i + \epsilon_i$ where ...
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Find the equation of a budget hyperplane in R4, from an endowment point and a price vector [closed]

http://imgur.com/ofDS6MO Its been a while since I had to deal with vectors, if someone could help me along with 1.1 that would be very much appreciated
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economist puzzle for

Mr. White and Mr. Black agreed on the plan to average the wealth by pairs of economic classes, but they differed on the order. Averaging means that the total wealth of the two classes is ...
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A Question about Nested Maximizations

I am working on labor demand models where firms have to choose the optimal level of employment by maximizing profits. In particular, I have faced the following problem: Maximize with respect to $l$ ...
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Proving that a function is monotone

Here is the setting: We have a middleman that buys a product from the producers, and sells the product to the customers. The middleman charges a price $R$ to the customers, and pays a price $p(R)$ to ...
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References for the following functional

In many of the types of problems Ive looked at the following quantity keeps arising and I was wondering if anyone knew any references I could look at to learn some its properties. Take any function ...
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Can someone explain Cremer-Mclean's astonishing result in auction theory?

In mechanism design/auction theory, there is a famous result by Cremer and Mclean that if agents'/bidders' valuations are even slightly correlated, then all the surplus can be extracted by the ...