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Consumer Theory

Required: Show that the equilibrium condition and consumer equilibrium under both cardinal and ordinal utility theory are identical. They both assume that the consumer is rational. Consumer equilibrium, under cardinal utility theory, is achieved when the sufficient condition is met. That is, the total expenditure is equal to the consumer's income. If a consumer is assumed to consumes two commodities only X and Y, then: Utility is a function of Y and X; U = f(X,Y)…………………………..i Let the price...

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The Theory of Consumer Behavior – the Theory of Utility

Topic 6 - The Theory of Consumer Behavior – the theory of utility • The theory of consumer behaviour may be analysed by either utility theory and / or indifference curve analysis. • Note: this course only requires students to be aware of utility theory. Indifference curve analysis is undertaken in year 2 and is not a requirement of this course Basic Principles of the theory of Consumer Behaviour • Consumers are rational optimisers • Consumers seek to maximise total utility • Utility is achieved...

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Theory of Consumer Behavior

Chapter 4 – Theory of Consumer Behavior Economics 11 – UPLB Prepared by T.B. Paris, Jr. December 11, 2007 Theory of Consumer Behavior    Useful for understanding the demand side of the market. Utility - amount of satisfaction derived from the consumption of a commodity ….measurement units  utils Utility concepts   cardinal utility - assumes that we can assign values for utility, (Jevons, Walras, and Marshall). E.g., derive 100 utils from eating a slice of pizza ordinal utility...

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The Theory of Consumer Choice

BUZE400 Economics (Part 1) Fall 2013 Tutorial 4: The theory of consumer choice Question 1: Nargiza and Alibek are painting their apartment. At the paint store, Alibek says he prefers Canary Yellow to Bumblebee Yellow, Lime Yellow, and Crayola Yellow. Nargiza …nds new paint samples and asks Alibek to compare Canary Yellow to School Bus Yellow and to Sunrise Yellow. Alibek prefers Sunrise Yellow to Canary Yellow, and prefers School Bus Yellow to Canary Yellow. He also prefers Sunrise Yellow...

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Consumer Theory and Budget Line

 Week 6 Chapter 4: The theory of Individual Behavior Question 1. Page 154 ( with some modifications) A consumer has $300 to spend on goods X and Y. The market prices of these two goods are Px = $15 and Py = $5. a. Draw the budget constraint. i.e provide a carefully labeled diagram b. What is the market rate of substitution? Give an interpretation. c. Illustrate the consumer’s opportunity set in part a) above. d. Show how the consumer’s opportunity set changes if income increases by...

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Chapter 21: The Theory of Consumer Choice

Microeconomics Chapter 21: The theory of consumer choice After developing the basic theory of consumer choice, we apply it to three questions about households decisions 1) Do all demand curves slope downward? 2) How do wages affect labour supply? 3) How do interest rates affect households saving? The budget constraint: What the consumer can afford -People consume less than they desire because their spending is constrained or limited by their income Budget constraint: the limit on...

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Consumer Theory and Dancing Classes

Tutorial 4a: Consumer Behavior Q1 What is the difference between marginal and total utility? Q2 Fill in the following table on the total and marginal utilities of a certain product A. Use your results to answer the following questions. Units of product A | Total utility | Marginal utility | 0 | 0 | | 1 | 20 | _____ | 2 | 35 | _____ | 3 | _____ | 10 | 4 | _____ | 5 | 5 | _____ | 0 | 6 | 45 | _____ | 7 | 35 | _____ | 8 | _____ | –15 | (a) Graph both...

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Utility Theory

1. Explain the behavior of consumer from the point of view of Utility Theory. As consumers, we are constantly forced into making choices. They face a variety of goods and services which can be purchased, but often are limited by the amount of money with which those purchases can be made. The utility theory, also sometimes referred to as the consumer behavior theory, is often used to explain the behavior of individual consumers and the amount of satisfaction a consumer derives from the consumption...

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Consumer Equilibrium

may be defined as the “amount of satisfaction derived from a commodity or service at a particular time”. Assumptions: • UH:\Games.exetility can be measured. • Marginal Utility of money remains constant • No change in income of the consumer, his taste & fashion to be constant • No substitute • Independent marginal utility of each unit of commodity Utility Characteristics: • Utility is subjective/not measurable • Utility is variable • Utility is different...

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Marginal Utility Theory

Discuss whether marginal utility theory is a realistic piece of economic analysis in explaining consumer demand. [13marks] Marginal utility is the extra satisfaction gained from the consumption of an additional unit of a good or service. It can be specified as the change in total utility divided by the change in quantity. The concepts of market demand and law of demand often utilized marginal utility as the backbone, the theoretical basis. An example would be the demand curve, which is usually...

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