1) Which of the following is a normative statement ?
A) Next year inflation rate will be under 4%(B) Consumers will buy more gasoline over Christmas Holiday even if the price of gas is 10 cent higher than it was during the Thanksgiving Holiday(C) the government cuts in welfare spending impose an unfair hardship on the poor.(D) the current butter surplus is the result of federal policies.
2) A point inside a production possibilities frontier :
A) Could indicate that the resource are misallocated(B) Is more efficient that a point on the production possibilities frontier (C) Reflects the fact that more technology needs to be developed to fully employ all resources(D) Implies that too much labor and not enough capital is being used.
3) A reduction in the price of a good
A) Shifts the goods demand curve leftward and also decrease the quantity demanded(B) Shifts the goods demand curve leftward but does not decrease the quantity demanded(C) Does not shift the goods demand curve leftward but does decrease the quantity demanded(D) Neither shifts the goods demand curve leftward nor decrease the quantity demanded.
4) The demand for movies is unit elastic if:
A) A 5% decrease in the price leads to an infinite increase in the quantity demanded.(B) A 5% increase in the price leads to a 5% decrease in the quantity demanded.(C) Any increase in the price leads to a 2% decrease in the quantity demanded (D) A 5 % increase in the price leads to a 5% increase in total revenue.
5) Producers' total revenue will increase if
A) Income increase and the good is an inferior good(B) the price rise and demand is elastic (C) the price rises and the demand is inelastic (D) Income falls and the goods is a normal good
6) Competitive market will generally produce
A) Too much of a public good (B) Too little of a public good (C)The efficient amount of a public good (D) The efficient amount of a public good in a short run but not in the long run.
7) Underproduction implies that for the last unit produced:
A)Marginal social benefits exceeds marginal social cost (B) Marginal social benefits equals marginal social cost(C) Marginal social cost exceeds marginal social benefit (D) the deadweight lose is zero.
8) A sale tax will be divided so that:
A) The buyer pay the full amount if supply is perfectly inelastic(B) the seller pay the full amount if supply is perfectly inelastic. (C) the seller pay the full amount if supply is perfectly elastic (D) Both buyer and seller pays some of the tax if the supply is perfectly elastic
9)Dean spend all his income on movies and soda. Movies cost $6 each and soda cost $.50 a can. In a diagram with movies on the horizontal axis and soda on the vertical axis Dean budge line:
A) becomes steeper to the right (B) Becomes shallower to the right(C) has a constant positive slope (D) has a constant negative slope
10) Sarah consume only strawberries and cream, and she is spending all of her income. Her marginal utility of her last dish of strawberries is 200 and her marginal utility of her last pint of cream is 200. The price of strawberries is $1.00 per dish and the price of cream is $2.00 per pint. To maximize her utility, Sarah should
A)Buy more strawberries and less cream(B) Buy more cream and less strawberries (C) Not change her purchase of strawberry cream.(D) Definitely buy no cream at her consumer equilibrium.
11) Marginal utility theory concludes that a decrease in the price for a good increases the quantity demanded and
A)Increase the demand for substitutes (B) Decrease the demand for complements (C) Increase income (D) increase total utility
12) Suppose that Dave has $200 to spend per week and buys only magazine and pizza. The price of pizza is $10 and the price of a magazine is $5. What is Dave real income in terms of the magazines?
A)20. (B) 40 (C) 200. (D) 10.
13)Any point a given indifference curve is
A) Inferior to any point on the indifference curve(B) Preferred to any point on the indifference curve(C) Definitely affordable (D) Definitely unaffordable
13) A chief reason firms gives employees bonuses based on the firms profit is to cope with
A) The tax laws (B) The law of diminishing returns (C) the principal-agent problem (D) unions
14)If a firm's marginal product of labor is less than its average product of labor then an increase in the quantity of labor it employs definitely will:
A) Decrease the total product (B) Decrease its average product of labor (C) increase its marginal product of labor (D) not change its average product of labor
15) A firms average variable cost is $60, its fixed cost is $3000 and its output is 600units Its average cost is :
A) less than $58 (B)between $58 and $62. (C) between $62 and $64 (D) more than $64
16) When economies of scale are present, the LRAC curve touches each short-run ATC curve
A) To the left of the ATC curve's minimum point (B) To the right of the ATC curve's minimum point (C)at the ATC curve's minimum point (D) No points
17) In a perfect competitive firm's marginal cost exceeds its marginal revenue at its current output. To increase its profit the firm will
A)lower its prices (B) raise it prices (C) decrease its output (D) increase its output
18)In demand for its product is elastic, a monopoly's:
A) Total revenue is unchanged when the firm lower its prices(B)Total revenue decrease when the firm lower its price(C) Marginal revenue is positive (D) Marginal revenue is zero.
19)Compared to a single -price monopoly, a perfectly competitive industry produces
A) less output and has a lower price(B) ) less output and has a higher price(C)more output and has a lower price(D) more output and has a lower price
20)A price discriminating monopolist charges lower prices to customers with
A) lower supply elasticities. (B) Higher supply elasticities (C) lower average willingness to pay (D) higher average willingness to pay
21) In the dominant firm model of oligopoly the dominant firm charges
A) a lower price than larger firms (B) the same price as the smaller firms (C) a higher price than the smaller firms (D) a price equal to its marginal revenue
22) According to economic model of public choice the object of politicians is to
A) promote the social interest (B) get elected and remain in office (C) maximize free-ridership (D) maximize total public utility
23) According to capture theory, regulation occurs because a
A) small group of loser from regulation loses a great deal per person(B) small group of winners from regulation gains a great deal per person(C) large groups of winners from regulation gains only a small amount per person. (D) deadweight loss escape market discipline
24) Although the effects of antitrust law have varied over the years the overall thrust appears to have been to
A)reduce deadweight loss as suggested by the capture theory (B) reduce deadweight loss as suggested by the social interest theory(C) increase producer surplus as suggested by the capture theory (D) increase producer surplus as suggested by the social interest theory
25) Public universities, by charging tuition
A)Below the marginal cost of education, decrease the number of student (B) Below the marginal cost of education, increase the number of student (C) above the marginal cost of education decrease the number of students(D) above the marginal cost of education increase the number of students
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Multiple choice questions on minimum wage, cost curve, marginal revenue, labor demand curve, monopolistic seller, lobbying, maximizing profits
2. Critics of the minimum wage argue that as an antipoverty device it is "poorly targeted." By this they mean that:
a. the minimum wage only applies to a small percentage of the labor force.
b. many who benefit from the minimum wage are not poor.
c. the government has been unable to enforce the minimum wage.
d. the average level of wages in the economy is considerably higher than the minimum wage.
7. A change in the price of an input will usually:
a. shift a firm's cost curves.
b. cause the firm to alter the combination of inputs it employs.
c. induce the firm to change its level of output.
d. do all of the above.
8. If one worker can pick $30 worth of grapes and two workers together can pick $50 worth of grapes, the:
a. marginal revenue product of each worker is $25.
b. marginal revenue product of the first worker is $20.
c. marginal revenue product of the second worker is $20.
d. data given do not permit the determination of the marginal revenue product of either worker.
e. lower wage rate but hire a larger number of workers than will a purely competitive employer.
f. higher wage rate and hire a larger number of workers than will a purely competitive employer
14. Other things equal, we would expect the labor demand curve of a monopolistic seller to:
a. decline more rapidly than that of a purely competitive seller.
b. decline less rapidly than that of a purely competitive seller.
c. decline at the same rate as that of a purely competitive seller.
d. be more elastic than that of a purely competitive seller.
18. more units of a resource if:
a. the price of the resource increases.
b. the productivity of the resource increases.
c. the price of the good being produced declines.
d. the price of a complementary resource rises.
19. Construction workers frequently sponsor political lobbying in support of greater public spending on highways and public buildings. One reason they do this is to:
a. restrict the supply of construction workers.
b. increase the elasticity of demand for construction workers.
c. increase the demand for construction workers.
d. increase the price of substitute inputs.
27. If MPa/Pa = MPb/Pb and MRPa/Pa = MRPb/Pb>1, this firm is:
a. producing its output with the least costly combination of resources, but is not producing the profit-maximizing output.
b. maximizing profits, but failing to minimize costs.
c. neither maximizing profits nor minimizing costs.
d. combining resources a and b so as to minimize costs and maximize profits.