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How to minimize game night transactions?

Me and a number of friends occasionally met up and play some game (often pool or some card game) and play for small stakes to give the game a little extra spice. After each round we jot down the ...
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Open Problem in Fixed Point Theory [Prize]

This open problem appeared on the bulletins of Evans Hall at Berkeley this week. I hope this doesn't violate StackExchange policy (the solution carries a $500 prize), but I thought why not re-post ...
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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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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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Can I get a PhD in Stochastic Analysis given this limited background?

General advice on PhD apps welcome Given my limited background in stochastic analysis and other information (below), can I apply for a PhD with stochastic analysis for my dissertation topic? 1/4 I ...
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Optimal strategy in a VCG auction with partial collusion?

Suppose you control the bid prices in a multiple-item VCG auction for a partial coalition of bidders. Each bidder is only allowed to win one item out of the set of multiple items, which are all ...
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economic modelling asked for

I am putting together a proposal for a system of economic exchange which links a transaction of money through a period of time, and subjective relationship evaluation between two people. How can it be ...
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Optimal tax rate

Suppose you have two countries A and B, with a tax rate $T_A$ and $T_B$, respectively. The tax is redistributed to all people equally. Hence if you live in A and you make $I$ as income then you will ...
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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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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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Engineering Economics Cash Flow Diagram

I have the following question and solution below. What I don't understand is why is the 100,000 seen as savings/revenue when clearly it is coming out of pocket? Additionally, the monthly loan payment ...
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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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Suggestions for projects in mathematics of finance

I am looking for computational projects related to mathematics of finance suitable for a senior level independent study for a student who has seen the green light, (or the light of the green!). I had ...
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Constructing and understanding stock-flow model

Suppose that $\textbf{x} = A\textbf{x} + B\dot{\textbf{x}}$ where $\textbf{x}$ is vector of economic output level, $A$ is input-output matrix, $B$ is stock-flow matrix. The system represents ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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House allocation with existing tenants

In a house allocation with existing tenants model using the TTC mechanism, consider the incentive of an agent to misreport his/her preferences. Can it ever be that misreporting the true preferences by ...
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A sufficient condition for a good to be normal

Context: there are $2$ goods with prices $P_1$ and $P_2$ and the decision maker has the utility function $U(C_1,C_2)$. Denote $U_j=\frac{\partial U(C_1,C_2)}{\partial C_j}$ for $j\in\{1,2\}$. A good ...
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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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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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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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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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Introductory book about economic models with deterministic chaos

I'm looking for introductory textbook about economic models (micro/macro/finance) which incorporate deterministic chaos. Models could be with or without random noise. By introductory I meant master ...
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Using data points and a best-fit to find a function for quantity with respect to price

So I'm taking an entrepreneurship class, and we're doing a simulation where we run a donut shop. My math is pretty strong (integral and differential calculus level), so I'm trying to use my math ...
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Solving the General Equilibrium with $4$ equations and $4$ unknowns

I have to solve four equations to solve the equlilibrium prices for the two countries: $\frac{2p_1}{w_1} + \frac{p_1}{w_2}= \frac{48w_1^2 + 4p_1^2+p_2^2}{8p_1w_1}+ ...
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Profit Maximization Question of a Leontief (Perfect Complements) Production Function?

This is a question from my intermediate micro economics text book. Any help is very appreciated! Given Info: Company ST (a company which offers custom travel-planning services) is a ...
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what is a connection between two simple yet important economics and math formula: elasticity

what makes it interesing to define them in mathematics? what is a connection between two simple yet important economics and math formula: elasticity? Something interesting to read: ...
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$\frac{\partial}{\partial\theta}\phi'\mu+\frac{\alpha\phi'\Sigma\phi}{2}=0$

Ok, I am working on a problem that consists of the following: I am looking to solve the portfolio choice optimization problem (maximizing utility with a known utility function) in the case where all ...
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Optimal auction for risk averse seller

Consider an auction of a single unit of indivisible good. There are $n$ buyers whose values of the object is drawn independently from the uniform distribution on $[0,1]$. The buyers have interim ...
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Math model - constrain GDP given different growth rates of industries

ideas needed to model national GDP given different sector growth rates subject to some contraints Given: GDP equations for $n$ industries depend on growth rates and time i.e. $g(r_1,t), g(r_2, t), ...
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How is “index” at an Walrasian equilibrium proved? (in relation to Hopf-Poincare theorem)

So, the index of an (Walrasian/general equilibrium) equilibrium point is determined as the sign of $(-1)^{L-1} \times \det M$ where $M$ is a matrix and $M_{ij} = \frac{\partial{Z_i}}{\partial {p_j}}$, ...
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Econometrics Simultaneous equation Indirect Least Squares and Two Stage Least Squares

I still can't figure out this problem. PLEASE HELP! (1) $F_t = a_1 + a_2.C_t + a_3.P_t + e_t$ (2) $P_t = b_1 + b_2.F_t + b_3.S_t + b_4.I_t + u_t$
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Differentiation help

I recently got some lecture slides, but needed a little help understanding the maths behind them. (equations) (Working and Answer) Basically, I don't understand how to get from step (4) to (5). ...
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Game theory question- information quality maximisation, opinions of the question

I am developing a game theory question to help in deconstructing situations where information quality is comprimised and requires valuation against a set of criteria. I would be interested to know any ...
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Is there a trade model which takes in account credulity?

I have to admit I'm not to familiar with mathematical economics but, as a student in mathematics, I was trying to play a bit with a toy trade model I'm try to build over a finite population. My ...
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Trading price of 2 consumers with the same utility function

Say that two consumers, A and B, have the same utility function, just $u(x) = (x_1)^2 + (x_2)^2$ for simplicity. If consumer A has endowment $x_A = (4, 3)$, and consumer B has endowment $x_B = (3, ...
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Time flow analysis and theoretical flow time

I'm working for my program for economy where I have an example I try to solve. The flow rate is 0.15 units/min and A - 1 server: flow time = 5, capacity = 0.2 B - 2 servers: flow time = 9, ...
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Democratic central planning model

I want to model following situation: 1) There is a number of representatives of social groups (e. g. political parties). 2) Each of them devises an economic plan for the next year (N+1, N being ...
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Maximizing two codependant profit equations for Bertrand Model Oligopolies

For this problem I was given the Fixed Cost, Marginal cost, and demand curves for two firms (x and y). So far, from this information I derived the profit (π) function for each firm. ...
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If the null hypothesis is true, how will the test statistic be distributed?

I went with T~(50-6) The question goes.... "A regression is estimated with 50 observations, five explanatory variables and with a constant. Suppose You want to test the following hypothesis $H_0: ...
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the test statistic of the sum of a multiple regression

ok so model is... $$ y = −3.33846 + 1.49877 x_1 + 0.489858 x_2 $$ $$se(B_2)= 0.539803 , se(B_3)= 0.102043$$ So the test statistic is $$H_0: B_2 + B_3 =1$$ $$H_0: B_2 + B_3 \ne 1$$ so test ...
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What does it mean to set the technology matrix of the Leontif Input Output Model to 0?

I'm just beginning to learn about Leontif Input Output Systems and Linear Algebra. What is the significance of the solution if I set the technology matrix equal to the trivial solution (make the ...
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Percentage Increase and Dates

Suppose we have the following data: ...