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Solutions: Problem Set 1
Econ 2020b/ API 112
February 2007
MWG 8.D.9
a)
This requires some mindreading on my part. If you think like me, youd choose M: you
get 0 no matter what, thus avoiding the pos
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Econ 5210: Ph.D. Microeconomic Theory I
Fall 2015 Syllabus (DRAFT)
Department of Economics
HKUST Business School
Class Schedule: August 31; September 7, 14, 17, 24; October 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26;
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Problem Set I: Preferences, W.A.R.P., consumer choice
Paolo Crosetto
[email protected]
Exercises solved in class on 18th January 2009
Recap:
,
,
Denition 1. The strict preference relation
is
y x
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Naomi Utgo
MasColell Solutions
Chapter 1
Question 1.B.1. Prove that if
is rational then if x > y
z , then x > z.
Answer 1.B.1. (Proof by contradiction). Suppose x > y z and z x from some
x, y, z X. T
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Economics 2020b / API112 / HBS 4011
Spring 2008
Problem Set 2 Solutions
Optional MWG Problems: 8.D.4, 8.D.5, 8.F.2
8.F.2
First we show that none of D, L, or B1 is weakly dominated:
u1 (D, R, B2 ) > u
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Review of Economic Studies, Ltd.
Strategic Pricing, Consumer Search and the Number of Firms
Author(s): Maarten C. W. Janssen and Jos Luis MoragaGonzlez
Source: The Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 71
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10
10.1
Competitive Markets
Pareto Optimality & Competitive Equilibria
Denition (Economic Allocation): An economic allocation is a specication of a consumption
vector xi Xi for each consumer i = 1, .,
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Global Games and Equilibrium Selection
Author(s): Hans Carlsson and Eric van Damme
Source: Econometrica, Vol. 61, No. 5 (Sep., 1993), pp. 9891018
Published by: Econometric Society
Stable URL: http:/w
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12
12.1
Market Power
Monopoly Pricing
Demand: q = x(p) or p(q) = x1 (q), continuous & decreasing
Assumption: p < s.t. x(p) = 0 for p p.
Production cost: c(q)
Monopolists problem:
max px(p) c(x(p)
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Bargains and Ripoffs: A Model of
Monopolistically Competitive
Price Dispersion
STEVEN SALOP
Federal Reserve Board
and
JOSEPH STIGLITZ
Stanford University and Oxford University
INTRODUCTION
This paper
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Problem Set 5  Suggested Solution
Problem 1: MWG 8.D.2. We are asked to show that if a single outcome survives
the iterated elimination of strictly dominated strategies, then that outcome is a Nash
e
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Methods in Finance Theory  FNCE 928
John Y. Zhu
Course Description: This doctoral level course introduces students to
game theory and continuoustime methods. Both techniques represent fundamental ap
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EconS 503  Advanced Microeconomics II
Handout on Repeated Games
1. MWG 9.B.9
Consider the game in which the following simultaneousmove game as depicted in gure 1 is
played twice:
Player 1
a1
a2
a3
P
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Tacit Collusion
Yukfai Fong
Econ 5210 Microeconomic Theory I
HKUST
1
Introduction
Competitors mostly interact repeatedly in a dynamic setting
Incentive to avoid headtohead competition is obvious
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American Economic Association
Oligopolistic Pricing with Sequential Consumer Search
Author(s): Dale O. Stahl II
Source: The American Economic Review, Vol. 79, No. 4 (Sep., 1989), pp. 700712
Published
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ARE 202  notes
VillasBoas/Perloff 2nd half
Topics
1. Product Differentiation, Quality, Advertising, Asymmetric Information
Problem Set 1
2. Imperfect information and Search models
3. Repeated Games
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Search markets:
Introduction
Caltech
Ec106
(Caltech)
Search
Feb 2010
1 / 16
Why are prices for the same item so dierent across stores?
(see evidence)
A puzzle considering basic economic theory: review
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Experience Goods, Credence Goods and Experts
(Part I: Basic Results)
Yukfai Fong
Econ 5210 Microeconomic Theory I
HKUST
1
Experience Goods and Reputation
An experience good is a product or service w
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Measuring Risk:
First Order Stochastic Dominance
Let G() and F () on [0; 1] be two continuous distribution functions; such that F (0) = G(0) = 0
Denition: The distribution F rstorder stochastically d
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Solutions: Problem Set 2
Econ 2020b/ API 112
February 2007
MWG 7.E.1
a)
A strategy specifies a players moves for all distinguishable contingencies in which he/she
is called on to move. This means a pl