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Majoring in maths

Does majoring in mathematics with economics (with emphasis on mathematics) have good career prospects? Does anyone know something about this course?
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What is the (expected) outcome of this hybrid auction?

A certain hybrid auction can be accurately modelled as follows. There are $n$ risk-neutral, rational participants $i=1,2,\ldots,n$, and a guy called Zerro: $i=0$. Each, except Zerro, has a private ...
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Invariance of strategy-proof social choice function when peaks are made close from solution

A question emerging from reading Schummer, J., & Vohra, R. V. (2002). Strategy-proof Location on a Network. Journal of Economic Theory, 104(2), 405–428. The setting is as follows: A finite set ...
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If you have two envelopes, and …

Suppose you're given two envelopes. Both envelopes have money in them, and you're told that one envelope has twice as much money as the other. Suppose you pick one of the envelopes. Should you switch ...
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Deriving demand functions given utility

A consumer purchases food $X$ and clothing $Y$. Her utility function is given by: $U(X,Y) = XY +10Y$, income is $\$100$ the price of food is $\$1$ and the price of clothing is $P_y$. Derive the ...
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Equilibrium existence proof

Problem: Let $J$ be an integer and let $I$ be an integer multiple of $J$. Let ${\cal I}= \lbrace 1,2,\ldots, I\rbrace$ and ${\cal J}= \lbrace 1,2,\ldots, J\rbrace$. The set $X_{I,J}$ of all ...
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Matrix question: implication of $\frac{1}{n}X'X\to M$

Suppose $K$ is fixed and consider a matrix $X$ that is $n\times K$ and has full column rank. Assume that we know $$ \frac{1}{n}X'X\to M\text{ as } n\to\infty.\tag{i} $$ That is, as $n$ becomes larger, ...
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Existence of a utility function on the reals

Suppose I have $\preceq$, a total order on $\mathbb R^n$. I wish to show that there is a utility function $u:\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ such that $x\preceq y \leftrightarrow u(x)\leq u(y)$. I came up ...
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Mistake wikipedia article on St petersburg paradox?

I suspect that there is a mistake in the wikipedia article on the St petersburg paradox, and I would like to see if I am right before modifying the article. In the section "Solving the paradox", the ...
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How can a social welfare function be a linear combination of von Neumann-Morgenstern utility functions?

The von Neumann-Morgenstern axioms were an attempt to characterize rational decision-making in the presence of risk. The von Neumann-Morgenstern utility theorem says that if someone is vNM-rational, ...
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maths- econA reasonably realistic model of a firm’s costs is given by the short-run Cobb- Douglas cost curve C=Tq^1/a+F w [on hold]

A reasonably realistic model of a firm’s costs is given by the short-run Cobb- Douglas cost curve $$C=Tq^{1/\alpha}+F$$ where $C$ is total cost, $q$ is output, $\alpha$ is a positive parametric ...
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No theft model of corruption

Consider the model of corruption explored by Shleifer and Vishni’s where there is one government-produced good $X$. There is a demand for that good described by the inverse demand equation $$Q_d = 10 ...
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Finding best response function with probabilities (BR) given a normal-matrix representation of the game

We are given players 1, 2 and their respective strategies (U, M, D for player 1, L, C, R for player 2) and the corresponding pay-offs through the following table: $\begin{matrix} 1|2 & L & C ...
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Follow-up on solution to Markov process equation

I asked a question here about solving a system related to an absorbing Markov chain. I now have a variation where there are $m$ types (of student, job seeker, etc) each of which applies to ...
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Geometric series to calculate price

I decided to add my extension to this question as a new question here. I am trying to represent the following as a geometric series equation: ...
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Properties of first degree homogeneous functions

This is a math question, even if it may seem an economics one. I'll try to explain all the economics in this question. I've got the following production function, where $Y$ is the product, $L$ is the ...
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Optimization to minimize cost using the function C=Tq^(1/a)+F

I was given the function of $C=Tq^{1/a}+F$ where $C$ is total cost, $q$ is output, $a$ is a positive parametric constant, $F$ is the fixed cost, and $T$ measures the technology available (also a ...
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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 ...
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Compound discount

I am trying to construct an equation for calculating a price, that takes into account compound interest of 10%. 1 item = $10 2 items = $19 3 items = $27.1 so ...