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Unit 8

[AB224: Microeconomics]

Unit 8 Assignment: Problem 1 & 2
Name:
Problem 1
Dr. Fine and Dr. Feelgood are the only two medical doctors offering immediate walkin medical
services in the town of Springfield. That is, they operate in a duopoly. Each doctor can charge either a
high price or a low price for a standard medical visit. The accompanying matrix shows their payoffs, in
profits per patient (in dollars), for any choice that the two doctors can make.

1. Suppose the two doctors play a oneshot gamethat is, they interact only once and never

again. What will be the Nash (noncooperative) equilibrium in this oneshot game?

2. Now suppose the two doctors play this game twice. Also, suppose each doctor can play one of

two strategies: it can play either always charge the low price or tit for tat that is, it starts
off charging the high price in the first period, and then in the second period it does whatever
the other doctor did in the previous period. Write down the payoffs to Dr. Fine from the
following four possibilities:
a) Dr. Fine plays always charge the low price when Dr. Feelgood also plays always

charge the low price.

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FIRST Period
Charges
(high or
low)

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Payoffs

SECOND Period
Charges
(high or
low)

Fine

TOTAL Payoffs

Fine

Feelgood

Payoffs

Feelgood

b) Dr. Fine plays always charge the low price when Dr. Feelgood plays tit for tat.
FIRST Period
SECOND Period
Payoff
Charges
Charges Payoff TOTAL Payoffs
s
s
(high or
(high or
low)
low)
Fine
Fine
Feelgood
Feelgood
c) Dr. Fine plays tit for tat when Dr. Feelgood plays always charge the low price.
FIRST Period
Charges
(high or
low)
Fine
Feelgood

Payoff
s

SECOND Period
Charges
(high or
low)
Fine
Feelgood

Payoff
s

TOTAL Payoffs

d) Dr. Fine plays tit for tat when Dr. Feelgood also plays tit for tat.
FIRST Period
Charges
(high or
low)
Fine
Feelgood

Payoff
s

SECOND Period
Charges
(high or
low)
Fine
Feelgood

Payoff
s

TOTAL Payoffs

Unit 8

[AB224: Microeconomics]

Problem 2
In the long run, there is no difference between monopolistic competition and perfect competition.
Discuss whether this statement is true, false, or ambiguous with respect to the following criteria:
a. The price charged to consumers

b. The average total cost of production

c. The efficiency of the market outcome

d. The typical firms profit in the long run

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Unit 8

[AB224: Microeconomics]

Unit 8 Assignment: Problem 1 & 2
Name:
Problem 1
Dr. Fine and Dr. Feelgood are the only two medical doctors offering immediate walkin medical
services in the...

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