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UCLA Economics 11 – Fall 2010 Professor Mazzocco Problem Set 3 Due by October 14 before 9:00am in the box located outside room 2221E, Bunche Hall 1) Suppose that an individual with income I cares about two goods, X and Y. The price of the two goods is P x and P Y . The individual has the following utility function: U(X,Y) = X (1 + Y) a) Find the Marshallian (uncompensated) demand for X and Y. Are X and Y normal or inferior goods? b) Find the Hicksian (compensated) demand for X and Y. c) What is the minimum expenditure necessary to achieve a utility level of U= 72 with Px=4 and P Y =2? a) L(x,y, λ ) = X(1+Y) + λ [I- P x x – P z y] L X = 1 + Y - λP x = 0 (1) L Y = X – λP y = 0 (2) L λ = I- P x x – P y y = 0 (3) With equations (1) and (2) we get: P X /P y = (1+Y)/X (4) X * =(I+P Y )/2 p x , Y * =(I-P Y )/ 2p y and both are normal goods. b) L(x,y, λ ) = P x x + P y y + λ [U- X – XY] L X = Px – λ(1+Y) = 0 (1) L Y = Py – λ(X) = 0 (2) L λ = U- X – XY = 0 (3) With equations (1) and (2) we get: P X /P y = (1+Y)/X (4)
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