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Principles of Economics- Mankiw (5th) 383

Principles of Economics- Mankiw (5th) 383 - competitive...

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CHAPTER 17 MONOPOLISTIC COMPETITION 393 7. The chapter says that monopolistically competitive firms may send Christmas cards to their customers. What do they accomplish by this? Explain in words and with a diagram. 8. If you were thinking of entering the ice-cream business, would you try to make ice cream that is just like one of the existing brands? Explain your decision using the ideas of this chapter. 9. Describe three commercials that you have seen on TV. In what ways, if any, were each of these commercials socially useful? In what ways were they socially wasteful? Did the commercials affect the likelihood of your buying the product, and why? 10. For each of the following pairs of firms, explain which firm would be more likely to engage in advertising. a. a family-owned farm or a family-owned restaurant b. a manufacturer of forklifts or a manufacturer of cars c. a company that invented a very reliable watch or a company that invented a less reliable watch that costs the same amount to make 11. Twenty years ago the market for chicken was perfectly
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Unformatted text preview: competitive. Then Frank Perdue began marketing chicken under his name. a. How do you suppose Perdue created a brand name for chicken? What did he gain from doing so? b. What did society gain from having brand-name chicken? What did society lose? 12. The makers of Tylenol pain reliever do a lot of advertising and have very loyal customers. In contrast, the makers of generic acetaminophen do no advertising, and their customers shop only for the lowest price. Assume that the marginal costs of Tylenol and generic acetaminophen are the same and constant. a. Draw a diagram showing Tylenol’s demand, marginal-revenue, and marginal-cost curves. Label Tylenol’s price and markup over marginal cost. b. Repeat part (a) for a producer of generic acetaminophen. How do the diagrams differ? Which company has the bigger markup? Explain. c. Which company has the bigger incentive for careful quality control? Why?...
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