Unformatted text preview: Economics 611 Game Theoretic Microeconomics Spring 2008
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DUE: Noon, Tuesday, May 6th. Economics 611 Game Theoretic Microeconomics
Final Exam Spring 2008 EXPLAIN your answers carefully. DUE: Noon, Tuesday, May 6th.
The three problems are each worth 33 points.
1. (Principal-agent / moral hazard)
What is the effect of the functional form for detection probabilities in the effort example
at the beginning of Handout #8? Redo that example with ð(E) = 1 – Eâ, where â 1 and V(LE) =
LEá for 0 < á < 1. In particular, answer the comparative statics questions: How do solution values
of effort, the equilibrium wage, and employment vary with á and â? [i.e., determine signs of
relevant partial derivatives.] [Non-Weierstrass question]
2. (Insurance; moral hazard)
Later in Handout #8, we examined unemployment insurance for an example where the
probability of being laid off was .25, Y = 400, U() = ()½, and ð(E) = e –E/4. How important are
these particular functional forms? Re-do the analysis on pp. 4-5 for ð(E) = 1/(1 + E). In
particular, get the analogs of the diagrams of page 5. [Non-Weierstrass question]
Consider f: + . Assume:
(1) f is continuous;
(2) with f(a) > 0 for some a in +;
(3) Limx f(x) = 0.
(A) Show there exists a global maximum for f.
(B) Show each of these conditions is necessary. ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course ECN 611 taught by Professor Kelly,j during the Fall '08 term at Syracuse.
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