Ans_HW6 - Answer to Practice Homework 6 7.3 At the optimum...

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Answer to Practice Homework 6 7.3 At the optimum we must have K L MP MP r w = In this problem we have 200 1000 0.25 10 800 100 This implies that the firm receives more output per dollar spent on an additional machine hour of fermentation capacity than for an additional hour spent on labor. Therefore, the firm could lower cost while achieving the same level of output by using fewer hours of labor and more hours of fermentation capacity. 7.4 a) If the price of both inputs change by the same percentage amount, the slope of the isocost line will not change. Since we are holding the level of output fixed, the isocost line will be tangent to the isoquant at the same point as prior to the price increase. Therefore, the cost-minimizing quantities of the inputs will not change. b) If the price of capital increases by a larger percentage than the price of labor, then, relatively speaking, the price of labor has become cheaper. The firm will substitute away from capital and add labor until either the tangency condition holds or a corner solution is reached. 7.5 a) The amount of land used in production is fixed in the short-run. Hence, in the short-run the farmer chooses amount of capital and labor. It follows that cost- minimizing quantities of labor and capital have to satisfy equation MP L / MP K = w
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2011 for the course 730 368 taught by Professor Bryant during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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Ans_HW6 - Answer to Practice Homework 6 7.3 At the optimum...

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