Share
Explore BrainMass

# Microeconomics

### Managerial Economics: To Rent or to Own

You currently pay \$10,000 per year in rent to a landlord for a \$100,000 house. You can qualify for a loan of \$80,000 at 9% if you put \$20,000 down but you would have to liquidate stock earning a 15% return. What is better? To rent or own?

### Creating a Revenue Equation

Assume that a demand equation is given by x=5,000-10p. Find the marginal Revue for the given production levels (values of x). (Hint: Solve the demand equation for p and use R(x)=xp). 1000 units 2500 units 3000 units. See the attached file.

### Microeconomics: Utility Maximization

I need help with the problem below. Please explain in detail. Thank you. Suppose Bob spends his income (I) solely on goods X and Y. Initially, Bob has \$1000/week to spend on consumption and the prices of these goods are Px=\$4 and Py=\$2. Graph the budget constraint for this problem. Given these prices and income, Bob maximi

### Two Good Utility Maximization

Two goods are consumed with respective price p_x and p_y. The utility function is given by u(x,y) = Min {2x + y, 2y} Income is 84 Suppose p_x = 3 and p_y = 2 How do I derive the optimal bundle/utility maximizing problem?

### Calculate the interest rate for a simple loan.

Suppose that a relative agrees to loan you \$1,000 today, with the promise that you will repay the loan with interest after one year. If you pay \$1,120 at the end of the year, what is the interest rate for this simple loan?

### Marginal analysis: Should Read No Evil (RNE) purchase an industrial shredder?

Read No Evil (RNE) is a firm specializing in the destruction of sensitive documents. An industrial paper shredder costs \$10,000. If bought, it would raise RNE's revenues by an additional \$1,000 per year. The machine will last forever and never require maintenance. Which of the following statements is true? A. RNE shou

### Complete the following table for the firm below which is selling its product in a perfectly competitive market and hiring labor in a perfectly competitive labor market. State how many workers the firm will hire at various wages. Explain.

Complete the following table for the firm below which is selling its product in a perfectly competitive market and hiring labor in a perfectly competitive labor market. State how many workers the firm will hire at various wages. Explain. TP = Total Product MP = Marginal Product MRP = Marginal Revenue Product

### Linear Program Modeling: Case Study on Pine Furniture Company

The Pine Furniture Company makes fine country furniture. The company's current product lines consist of end tables, coffee tables, and dining room tables. The production of each of these tables requires 8, 15, and 80 pounds of pine wood, respectively. The tables are handmade and require one hour, two hours, and four hours. Each

### Pricing Strategies Based On Marginal Cost Increase

You manage a company that competes in an industry that is comprised of five equal-sized firms that produce similar products. A recent industry report indicates that the market is fairlysaturated, in that a 10 percent industry-wide price increase would lead to a 22 percent decline in units sold by all firms in the industry. Curre

### Global Manager: Dynamic Pricing

What company would you choose and explain how the company you have chosen uses dynamic pricing. What are the benefits and drawbacks of dynamic pricing for the company. Conclude with a summary of your findings.

### Tax Rates: Proportional, Progressive, Regressive

Suppose a special tax was introduced that used the value of one's automobile as the tax base. Each person would pay taxes equal to 10 percent of the value of his or her car. Would the tax be proportional, progressive, or regressive? What assumptions do you make in answering this question? Do you think the tax that was imposed ei

### Industry supply curve

The short-run industry supply curve for a perfectly competitive industry is the ? a) horizontal sum of the individual firms'marginal cost curves above AVC. b) vertical sum of the individual firms'marginal cost curves above AVC. c) horizontal sum of the individual firms'marginal cost curves above ATC. d) vertical sum of the

### Supply Curve

Consider the relationship given by QCars = 100 + 4xPCars - 2xPSteel - .2xPWorkers, where is the quantity of cars (in thousands), is the price of cars and P is the wage earned by autoworkers. If the price of steel is \$10 per unit and the price of workers (the wage) is \$20, what is the supply curve for cars?

### The South African firm, De Beers, and branding

The South African firm De Beers was responsible for the well known ad line "A Diamond is forever." Notably, the firm's advertisements never mentioned the De Beers brand name. Why would only a near monopolist such as De Beers omit its name?

### HHI Index

Determine whether the Justice Department would challenge a merger between two firms in an industry with 10 equalized firms, based on the Herfindhal index guidelines. (No other factor considered)

### Plot this student's production possibilities curve (PPC)

Please help with the following questions. Does the PPC illustrate increasing or decreasing opportunity cost? What is the opportunity cost for this student for the additional amount of study time on economics required to mover her grade form 60 to 70? What is the opportunity cost for this student for the additional am

### Advertising influences on consumption decisions

*Time for an honest moment here, stop and think about how much advertising influences your consumption decisions. When is the last time you can remember choosing one product over another because of advertising?

### Merger discussion

15. Nationwide Bank has approached Hometown Bank with a proposal to merge. The following table lists the sales of the banks in the area. Use this information to calculate the four-firm concentration ratio and the Herfindahl-Hirschman index. Based on the FTC and DOJ Horizontal Merger Guidelines described in the text, do you thi

### Discuss the Value of Marketable Emission Credits

Explain why economists believe that marketable emission credits add to overall economic efficiency. Other groups in our society prefer across-the-board limitations on maximum discharges of air pollutants by firms. What are the different goals of these two groups? How are voters to decide which path to follow?

### Solve for Optimal mix.

Brian is taking three courses this semester: economics, statistics, and finance. He has decided to spend 19 hours per week studying (in addition to attending all his classes) and his objective is to maximize his average grade, which means maximizing the total of his grades in the three courses. The table shows Brianâ??s estimat

### Maximizing Potato Field Profits Using Marginal Analysis

Doug's farm in Idaho has four major fields that he uses to grow potatoes. The productivity of each field follows: ___________ANNUAL YIELD, HUNDREDS OF POUNDS___ Field 1 10,000 Field 2 8,000 Field 3 5,000 Field 4 3,000 Assume that each field is the same size and that the variable costs of farming are \$25,0

### Movie theatre policy to implement to increase total revenue

Suppose the price elasticity of demand for movies by teenagers is 0.2 and that by adults is 2.0. What policy would the movie theatre implement to increase total revenue? Make up some data to illustrate your answer

### Substitution and income effects for a college student

Kamika lives in Chicago but goes to school in Tucson, Arizona. For the last 2 years, she has made four trips home each year. This year, the price of a round-trip ticket from Chicago to Tuckson increased from \$350 to \$600. As a result, Kamika decided not to buy a new outfit this year and decided not to drive to Phoenix with frien

### One of the scarce resources that constrain our behavior is time. Each of us has only 24 hours in a day. How do you go about allocating your time in a given day among competing alternatives? How do you go about weighing the alternatives? Once you choose a most important use of time, why do you not spend all your time on it? Use the notion of opportunity cost in your answer.

One of the scarce resources that constrain our behavior is time. Each of us has only 24 hours in a day. How do you go about allocating your time in a given day among competing alternatives? How do you go about weighing the alternatives? Once you choose a most important use of time, why do you not spend all your time on it? Use t

### examples of intermediate goods and final goods and services

Please address the questions below: 1. How is the total output of our economy measured? 2. Use the circular flow diagram to explain the co-relation between total output and total income. 3. Give examples of intermediate goods and final goods and services. 4. Explain in your own words the term transfer payment and g

### The Willingness to Pay for Various Units of a Public Good

The table attached shows the willingness to pay for various units of a public good for the only two individuals in a society. The willingness to pay is the willingness to pay per unit of the public good. For example, person 1 is willing to pay \$55 per unit of the public good for two units. To put it another way, if the price t

### Land Value Increase Problems

Why might a profitable motel shut down in the long run if the land on which it is located becomes extremely valuable due to surrounding economic development? What kinds of costs are involved in making a decision to shut down?

### Diminishing Returns are evaluated in the context of studying for tests.

When you study, how might you know that you are at a point of diminishing returns, or where more study will not benefit you like it did before? Can you identify any of the costs that would help you decide how much study is enough?

### On the island of Pago Pago there are 2 lakes and 20 anglers. Each angler can fish on either lake and keep the average catch on his particular lake. On Lake x, the total number of fish caught is given by: F^x = 10Lx - 1/2 L^2x, where Lx (l subcript x) is the number of people fishing on the lake. For Lake y, the relationship is: F^y = 5Ly A. Under this organization of society, what will be the total number of fish caught? B. The chief of Pago Pago, having once read an economics book, believes it is possible to raise the total number of fish caught by restricting the number of people allowed to fish on Lake x. What number should be allowed to fish on Lake x in order to maximize the total catch of fish? What is the number of fish caught in this situation? C. Being opposed to coercion, the chief decides to require a fishing license for Lake x. If the licensing procedure is to being about the optimal allocation of labor, what should the cost of a license be (in terms of fish)? D. Explain how this example sheds light on the connection between property rights and externalities.

On the island of Pago Pago there are 2 lakes and 20 anglers. Each angler can fish on either lake and keep the average catch on his particular lake. On Lake x, the total number of fish caught is given by: F^x = 10Lx - 1/2 L^2x, where Lx (l subcript x) is the number of people fishing on the lake. For Lake y, the relationshi

### Pay for performance questions are posed.

Answer should be related to a U.S. company 1. a. Set forth and explain in detail the concept of pay for performance. b. Do you believe that pay for performance is the most ethical and efficient payment system? Explain in detail why or why not.