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Unformatted text preview: Intermediate Microeconomics Monika Thomas Summer 2007 Solutions: Problem Set 3 8.3 Starting with the tangency condition, we have MPL_w MPK—7 K_2 'f‘i K==2L Substituting into the production function yields Q=LK Q=L(2L) L: Q i 2 Plugging this into the expression for K above gives K=2 2 2 Finally, substituting these into the total cost equation results in were a TC=J® 8.4 and average cost is given by _§g_1000Q—30Q2+Q3 Q Q AC=1000—30Q+Q2 AC Graphically, average cost is a V) O U Q) bl) a L. 3 <1 Minimum efficient scale occurs where the average cost curve reaches a minimum, Q = 15 for this cost function. 8.12 a) From the production function we see that Q = 5x/Z , so the amount of Q2 labor required to produce Q is given by L = The short run total cost 2 function is C = 25L + 20K 2 25+ 20(5) = 100 + Q. 9.7 7 First, find the minimum of A VC by setting A VC = SMC . AVC=K=91 Q Q AVC=Q Q=2Q Q=0 The minimum level of AVC is thus 0. When the price is O the firm will produce 0, and for prices above 0 find supply by setting P = SMC . P=2Q Q=%P Thus, s(P) = %P b) Market supply is found by horizontally summing the supply curves of the individual firms. Since there are 20 identical producers in this market, market supply is given by S (P) = 20s(P) S(P) =10P c) Equilibrium price and quantity occur at the point where S (P) = D(P). 10P=110~P P=10 Substituting P =10 back into D(P) implies equilibrium quantity is Q = 100. So at the equilibrium, P =10 and Q = 100. 9.17 The long-run equilibrium price in a perfectly competitive equilibrium equals the minimum level of long-run average cost. This is given as $5 per ton. Each producer supplies a quantity of output equal to the point at which long-run average is minimized. This is given as 2 million tons per year. Market demand at the long-run equilibrium price of $5 per ton is equal to 205 — 5 = 200 million tons per year. This implies that there must be 100 active firms in the long-run equilibrium because (200 million tons per year)/(2 million tons per year per firm) = 100. 9.18 In a long-run equilibrium all firms earn zero economic profit implying P = AC and each firm produces where P = MC . Thus, 40—12Q+Q2 =40—6Q+%Q2 Q = 9 So each individual firm produces Q = 9 , and the long—run equilibrium price must beP = 40 —12(9) + 92 =13. Since D(P) = 2200 ~100P , D(P) = 2200 «100(13) D(P) = 900 If each firm produces 9 units, the market will have 100 firms in equilibrium. 9.24 Since an individual firm will supply where P = SMC , P = 4Q Q=%P Assuming a firm will supply for any positive price this implies 5(P) = %P . Graphically we have 0 20 40 Producer surplus for an individual firm is given by area A in the figure above which is %(200)50 = 5000 . Since all firms are identical, overall producer surplus will be 100(5000) = 500, 000. ...
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2008 for the course ECON 100A taught by Professor Justinmarion during the Summer '08 term at UCSC.

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