Econ 281 Chapter4b

# Econ 281 Chapter4b - Corner Solutions Interior Optimums...

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1 Corner Solutions Interior Optimums occur when positive amounts of both goods are consumed to maximize utility Not everyone will maximize utility by consuming both goods: Not everyone buys a Porsche Not everyone values ballet shoes highly When utility is maximized and one good is not consumed, a Corner Solution exists

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2 Porsches Food IC 2 BL 0 B IC 1 A Point A consumes positive amounts of both  goods, but does not maximize utility Point B maximizes utility while consuming  only 1 good.
3 Finding a corner solution 1) Solve for equilibrium as normal using the tangency condition: MU x /P x =MU y /P y 2) If either good is negative, zero of that good is consumed. (Unless negatives are valid) 3) Recalculate the basket that maximizes utility (using budget constraint).

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4 Two goods available: Siamese Cats and  Dachund Dogs I = \$200 P c  = \$100 P d  = \$50 Utility is such that: MU c =d MU d =5+c
5 Optimization Steps 1) P c c+P d d=I 100c+50d=200 2) MU c /MU d =P c /P d d/(5+c)=100/50 50d=500+100c d=10+2c

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## This note was uploaded on 03/14/2009 for the course ECON ECON 281 taught by Professor Priemaza during the Fall '08 term at University of Alberta.

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