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Unformatted text preview: Economics (STG). ECO 204, S. Ajaz Hussain. Do not distribute. 2. Input Prices
To solve a CMP we need to know input prices. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as consumer theory where the consumer
took the market price of goods as exogenously given. We start by recognizing that:
● Some inputs (such as labor, computer leases, aircrafts, etc.) can be leased to “produce” output. For example, due to
unexpectedly high demand next month, Air Canada can lease an aircraft for a month from the ILFC. For “leased inputs”
the price of inputs is simply the “market price/lease rate” or the “contractual price/lease rate” which the firm takes as
“exogenously given” (much like the consumer was a price taker). For example, here are wage rates for various types of
labor in Fort McMurray (Canada), here is the contractual fee for Richard Florida (resident intellectual at the Rotman
School of Management), and here is the price of leasing an Airbus 320 for a month.
● Some inputs (such as, raw materials like Alumina, electricity, etc.) can be purchased and used up to “produce” output.
For “purchased inputs used up i...
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