Provide a graph with your explanation. Place medicine on the horizontal axis and tequila on the vertical axis.

QUESTION 1.

Congratulations! After 35 years working as a practicing
economist, you decide to retire. To stay
somewhat productive during retirement, you agree to teach an economics course
at the University of Freedmania. Remarkably, Freemania continues to produce and
consume only two goods: tequila and medicine.

To produce one bottle of tequila per day,
one worker and one machine must be used.
That is, there is no substitutability between inputs. But, to produce one bottle of medicine per
day, there is perfect substitutability between inputs. That is, there are three
ways to produce a bottle of medicine:

1.
One worker and one machine

2.
Two workers and no machines

3.
Two machines and no workers

All markets in Freedmania are perfectly
competitive. Furthermore, all workers and all machines are capable of working
in either industry. Workers and machines
are both paid $10 per bottle produced.

Regardless of price, Freedmania always
consumes 10 bottles of tequila per day.
But, regardless of how many bottles of medicine Freedmanian consumes,
marginal value (marginal benefit) is always $20 per bottle. (Assume initially
that Freedmania consumes 10 bottles of medicine per day.)

Task
1: You decide that for your first lecture you will
explain to your students what the shape of the isoquant and isocost curve looks
like in each industry. For each industry
provide a graph. Place machines on the vertical axis and labor on the
horizontal axis. Label how many machines
and workers are employed in each industry (For tequila this is straight
forward, but for medicine there are different ways to produce. Pick one).

QUESTION 2.

Task
2: Students fascinated with your explanation and
eager to learn more, ask about the shape of the demand and supply curve in each
industry. Provide a demand and supply
graph for each industry to explain.
Label equilibrium price and quantity.

QUESTION 3.

The semester progresses smoothly. You are
preparing a lecture on the impact of a per unit tax on efficiency and on
consumer and producer surplus.

Task
4: Discuss using a supply and demand graph.

QUESTION 4.

Freedmania is a small society that
produces and consumes just two goods: tequila and medicine. The price of
tequila and medicine are both $1 per unit, but the marginal utility of medicine
is less than the marginal utility of tequila.
All consumers have identical Cobb-Douglass preferences.

Task
1:Your job is to explain how equilibrium is
achieved. Provide a graph with your explanation. Place medicine on the horizontal axis and tequila on the
vertical axis. Clearly label the budget line and the indifference curves before
and after equilibrium.

QUESTION 5.

Part 2 (15 Points):

Good for you! You passed round two with
flying colors. You negotiated a great employment contract and you are sitting
at your desk waiting for a project to successfully complete. As it turns out, the Freedmanian Congress
has decided to place a per unit tax on Medicine. Your supervisor needs you to
provide an economic analysis. He
provides you with the following information:

All consumers have the same incomes and
preferences.

Utility for a typical consumer is given
by: U(tequila, Medicine) = 1(tequila) +
1(medicine).

Income for a typical consumer is $200

Before the tax the price of both goods
is $1 per unit.

Per unit tax on medicine is $1

After the tax, the price of tequila
remains $1, but the price of medicine rises to $2.

Currently, a typical consumer purchases
both goods.

You are quick to observe that tequila
and medicine are perfect substitutes for each other.

Task
2: How much tax revenue will the Freedmanian
government collect from a typical consumer?
Use a graph with medicine on the horizontal axis and tequila on the
vertical axis to explain. Clearly label budget lines and indifference curves.

QUESTION 6.

Hold the press! Congress is upset with
your findings. They are demanding a re-evaluation. Your bonus depends on it.
Congress is convinced that the utility function you are using is all wrong, but
that the other information is correct. Congress insists that tequila and
medicine are consumed in equal proportions.
No choice, you must re-evaluate using Congresses fixed proportion
utility function.

Task
3: Answer task 2 using the utility function
provided to you by the Freedmanian Congress.

QUESTION 7.

Part 4 (15 Points):

Congress must be happy with your
findings. You are sitting at your desk starring at your very first bonus. Your bonus will be provided to you in two
parts: 50% this year and 50% next year.
You are dreaming about what to do with the money. Should you spend 50% this year and the other
50% next year, should you borrow against next year’s portion to spend more of
the bonus this year, or should you save a portion of this year’s bonus to spend
more of it next year.

Task 4:What did you end up doing?
Explain using a two time period budget equation.

QUESTION 8.

Part 5 (15 Points):

Years have passed. You are now working
with a prestigious think tank on K-Street.
Early one morning, you find yourself in a heated discussion with one of
your brightest colleagues. He gets very
upset with you, because you are trying to make the point that, ceteris paribus,
it is possible for a decrease in price to result in a decrease in quantity
demanded. He argues that you are simply
wrong.

Task 5:Using budget lines and indifference curves, prove to your colleague
that he is wrong.

Decompose the change in price into two components: pure substitution
effect, and income effect.

QUESTION 9.

Part 6 (15 Points):

You are at the tail end of your career,
working as a high priced consultant for a firm that you are partner in. The Freedmanian Congress is in the process of
overhauling the Freedmanian Health Care system and they have hired you to
assist them. They would like you to
analyze the impact of expanding the demand for health care services while at
the same time reducing payments to health care providers.

Task 6:Using supply and demand curves, provide your analysis.

QUESTION 10.

8.7.
A firm’s long-run total cost curve is TC(Q)=1000Q. Derive the equation for the
corresponding long-run average cost curve, AC(Q). Given the equation of the
long-

run
average cost curve, which of the following statements is true?

a)
The long-run marginal cost curve MC(Q) lies below AC(Q) for all positive
quantities Q.

b)
The long-run marginal cost curve MC(Q) is the same as the AC(Q) for all
positive quantities Q.

c)
The long-run marginal cost curve MC(Q) lies above the AC(Q) for all positive
quantities Q.

d)
The long-run marginal cost curve MC(Q) lies below AC(Q) for some positive
quantities Q and above the AC(Q) for some positive quantities Q.

QUESTION 11.

National
Hospital is the only employer of nurses in the country of Castoria, and it acts
as a profit-maximizing monopsonist in the market for nursing labor. The
marginal revenue product for nurses is W=50-2N, where w is the wage rate and N
is the number of nurses employed (measured in hundreds of nurses). Nursing
services are provided according to the supply schedule w=14+2n

a)
How many nurses does National Hospital employ, and what wage will National pay
its nurses?
b) What is the deadweight loss arising from monopsony?

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