ECO 201 HW 1 solution key

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ECO 201 HW 1 solution key Problems and Applications 1. a. See Figure 2. If Maria spends all five hours studying economics, she can read 100 pages, so that is the vertical intercept of the production possibilities frontier. If she spends all five hours studying sociology, she can read 250 pages, so that is the horizontal intercept. The opportunity costs are constant, so the production possibilities frontier is a straight line. Figure 2 b. It takes Maria two hours to read 100 pages of sociology. In that time, she could read 40 pages of economics. So the opportunity cost of 100 pages of sociology is 40 pages of economics.
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2. a. Workers needed to make: One Car One Ton of Grain U.S. 1/4 1/10 Japan 1/4 1/5 b. See Figure 3. With 100 million workers and four cars per worker, if either economy were devoted completely to cars, it could make 400 million cars. Because a U.S. worker can produce 10 tons of grain, if the United States produced only grain it would produce 1,000 million tons. Because a Japanese worker can produce 5 tons of grain, if Japan produced only grain it would produce 500 million tons. These are the intercepts of the production possibilities frontiers shown in the figure. Note that because the trade-off between cars and grain is constant for both countries, the production possibilities frontiers are straight lines. Figure 3
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2009 for the course ECON 201 taught by Professor Shoonlai during the Summer '09 term at Miami University.

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