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Trade Offs and Indifference Curves

Before we talk about choices, preferences, trade-offs and indifference curves, we should briefly look over some key terms. We assume people are rational decisions makers and that there is almost nothing someone is unwilling to trade for correct compensation....

Shapes of Indifference Curves

The shapes of indifference curves are smooth with unique tangent at any bundle we have well define marginal rate of substitution (MRS). MRS is undefined if m (slope) = kinked. 1. Strictly convex: Using the example of any 2 bundles on (A & B) the indifference...
News Flash – Canadians Don't Use RRSP Room

News Flash – Canadians Don't Use RRSP Room

Canadians are expected to contribute a record $38.6 billion towards their RRSPs in 2014 but this number is minuscule compared to the $951 billion in unused RRSP contribution room. The number of contributors from 2013 to 2014 was in fact up 3.2% Fewer than 40 per cent...

Cobb Douglas Function – Demand Theory

In the past installments from DiscussEconomics on demand theory, now we’re venturing into the graphical and mathematical expressions of the Cobb Douglas demand function. Graphically expressed (utility maximizing) with the assumption well-behaved preferences. The...

Demand Theory – Consumer Choice Problem

Normal, Inferior, Neutral, Luxury, Necessary Goods There are three fundamental questions about a consumer’s consumption response: 1. How will demand change for a good i change in response to a increase or decrease in the price of i? 2. How will demand for good i...

Government Buying It's Own Bonds?

Not that they can’t, but why would it be bad policy to raise government revenues by issuing bonds that are then sold to the monetary authority? Here are some thoughts in relation to a fixed exchange system and a floating exchange rate system. There is an...