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  • Information of household income and wealth, together with information on product prices, makes it possible to distinguish those combinations of goods and services that are affordable from those that are not.
  • Information of household income and wealth, together with information on product prices, makes it possible to distinguish those combinations of goods and services that are affordable from those that are not.

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  • 1. Household Behavior and Consumer Choice
  • 2. Understanding the Microeconomy and the Role of Government
    • Competitive Input Markets
    • Labor/land
    • Capital
    • Firm Behavior
    • Choice of technology
    • Supply in output markets
    • Demand in input markets
    • The Competitive Market System
    • General equilibrium and efficiency
    Chapters 9-10 Chapters 6-7
    • Market Imperfections and the Role of Government
    • Imperfect market structures
    • Externalities, public goods, imperfect information, social choice
    • Income distribution and poverty
    Chapter 11
    • Equilibrium in Competitive Output Markets
    • Short run
    • Long run
    • Household Behavior
    • Demand in output markets
    • Supply in input markets
    Chapters 12-15 Chapters 7-8 Chapter 5 Part Three Part Two
  • 3. Firms and Household Decisions
  • 4. Perfect Competition
    • Perfect competition is an industry structure in which there are many firms, each small relative to the industry, producing virtually identical (or homogeneous) products and in which no firm is large enough to have any control over price.
    • A key assumption in the study of household and firm behavior is that all input and output markets are perfectly competitive.
  • 5. Perfect Knowledge
    • We also assume that households and firms possess all the information they need to make market choices.
      • Perfect knowledge is the assumption that households posses a knowledge of the qualities and prices of everything available in the market, and that firms have all available information concerning wage rates, capital costs, and output prices.
  • 6. Household Choice in Output Markets
    • Every household must make three basic decisions:
      • How much of each product, or output, to demand.
      • How much labor to supply.
      • How much to spend today and how much to save for the future.
  • 7. Determinants of Household Demand (review)
    • The price of the product in question.
    • The income available to the household.
    • The household’s amount of accumulated wealth .
    • The prices of related products available to the household.
    • The household’s tastes and preferences .
    • The household’s expectations about future income, wealth, and prices.
    Factors that influence the quantity of a given good or service demanded by a single household include:
  • 8. The Budget Constraint
    • The budget constraint refers to the limits imposed on household choices by income, wealth, and product prices.
    • A choice set or opportunity set is the set of options that is defined by a budget constraint.
  • 9. The Budget Constraint
    • A budget constraint separates those combinations of goods and services that are available, given limited income, from those that are not. The available combinations make up the opportunity set.
  • 10. Choice Set or Opportunity Set
    • The real cost of a good or service is its opportunity cost , and opportunity cost is determined by relative prices.
    EXPENSES OTHER $350 100 150 200 FOOD AVAILABLE? TOTAL RENT OPTION 100 150 200 $250 $ No 1,200 1,000 D Yes 1,000 700 C Yes 1,000 600 B Yes $1,000 400 A MONTHLY Possible Budget Choices of a Person Earning $1,000 Per Month After Taxes
  • 11. The Budget Constraint
    • When a consumer’s income is allocated entirely towards the purchase of only two goods, X and Y , the consumer’s income equals:
    where: I = consumer’s income X = quantity of good X purchased Y = quantity of good Y purchased P X = price of good X P Y = price of good Y
  • 12. The Budget Line
    • The budget line shows the maximum quantity of two goods, X and Y , that can be purchased with a fixed amount of income, expressed as Y = f ( X ).
    • We can derive the budget line by rearranging the terms in the income equation, as follows:
    Budget Line
  • 13. The Budget Line
    • The Y -intercept of the budget line shows the amount of good Y that can be purchased when all income is spent on good Y .
    • The slope of the budget line equals the ratio of the goods’ prices.
  • 14. The Budget Line
    • This is the budget constraint when income equals $200 dollars per month, the price of a jazz club visit is $10 each, and the price of a Thai meal is $20.
    • One of the possible combinations is 5 Thai meals and 10 Jazz club visits per month.
  • 15. The Budget Line
    • Point E is unattainable, and point D does not exhaust the entire income available.
  • 16. The Budget Line
    • A decrease in the price of Thai meals shifts the budget line outward along the horizontal axis.
    • The decrease in the price of one good expands the consumer’s opportunity set.
  • 17. The Basis of Choice: Utility
    • Utility is the satisfaction, or reward, a product yields relative to its alternatives. The basis of choice.
    • Marginal utility is the additional satisfaction gained by the consumption or use of one more unit of something.
  • 18. Diminishing Marginal Utility
    • The law of diminishing marginal utility:
      • The more of one good consumed in a given period, the less satisfaction (utility) generated by consuming each additional (marginal) unit of the same good.
  • 19. Diminishing Marginal Utility
    • Total utility increases at a decreasing rate, while marginal utility decreases.
  • 20. The Utility-Maximizing Rule
    • Utility-maximizing consumers spread out their expenditures until the following condition holds:
    where: MU X = marginal utility derived from the last unit of X consumed. MU Y = marginal utility derived from the last unit of Y consumed. Y = quantity of Y purchased P X = price of good X P Y = price of good Y
  • 21. Allocation of Fixed Expenditure Per Week Between Two Alternatives 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 $ (4) PRICE (P) 0.7 2 34 5 1.3 4 32 4 2.0 6 28 3 0 0 34 6 3.3 10 22 2 4.0 12 12 1 (5) MARGINAL UTILITY PER DOLLAR (MU/P) (3) MARGINAL UTILITY (MU) (2) TOTAL UTILITY (1) TRIPS TO CLUB PER WEEK 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 $ (4) (P) .5 3 51 5 1.0 6 48 4 1.5 9 42 3 0 0 51 6 2.0 12 33 2 3.5 21 21 1 (5) (MU/P) (3) (MU) (2) TOTAL UTILITY (1) BASKETBALL GAMES PER WEEK
  • 22. Diminishing Marginal Utility and Downward-Sloping Demand
    • Diminishing marginal utility helps to explain why demand slopes down.
    • Marginal utility falls with each additional unit consumed, so people are not willing to pay as much.
  • 23. Income and Substitution Effects
    • The income effect : Consumption changes because purchasing power changes.
    • The substitution effect : Consumption changes because opportunity costs change.
    Price changes affect households in two ways:
  • 24. The Income Effect of a Price Change
    • When the price of a product falls , a consumer has more purchasing power with the same amount of income.
    • When the price of a product rises , a consumer has less purchasing power with the same amount of income.
  • 25. The Substitution Effect of a Price Change
    • When the price of a product falls , that product becomes more attractive relative to potential substitutes.
    • When the price of a product rises , that product becomes less attractive relative to potential substitutes.
  • 26. Income and Substitution Effects of a Price Change Price of a good or service Household buys less Substitution effect Opportunity cost of the good rises Household buys less Income effect Household is worse off Household buys more Substitution effect Opportunity cost of the good falls Household buys more Income effect Household is better off FALLS RISES
  • 27. Consumer Surplus
    • Consumer surplus is the difference between the maximum amount a person is willing to pay for a good and its current market price.
    • Consumer surplus measurement is a key element in cost-benefit analysis.
  • 28. The Diamond/Water Paradox
    • The diamond/water paradox states that:
    • the things with the greatest value in use frequently have little or no value in exchange, and
    • the things with the greatest value in exchange frequently have little or no value in use.
  • 29. Household Choice in Input Markets
      • Whether to work
      • How much to work
      • What kind of a job to work at
    • These decisions are affected by:
      • The availability of jobs
      • Market wage rates
      • The skill possessed by the household
    As in output markets, households face constrained choices in input markets. They must decide:
  • 30. The Price of Leisure
    • The wage rate can be thought of as the price—or the opportunity cost– of the benefits of either unpaid work or leisure.
    • The decision to enter the workforce involves a trade-off between wages (and the goods and services that wages will buy) on the one hand, and leisure and the value of nonmarket production on the other.
  • 31. The Labor Supply Curve
    • The labor supply curve is a diagram that shows the quantity of labor supplied at different wage rates. Its shape depends on how households react to changes in the wage rate.
  • 32. Income and Substitution Effects of a Wage Change
    • An increase in the wage rate affects households in two ways, known as the substitution and income effects.
    • The substitution effect of a higher wage means that the opportunity cost of leisure is now higher. Given the law of demand, the household will buy less leisure .
    • When the substitution effect outweighs the income effect, the labor supply curve slopes upward.
  • 33. Income and Substitution Effects of a Wage Change
    • An increase in the wage rate affects households in two ways, known as the substitution and income effects.
    • The income effect of a higher wage means that households can now afford to buy more leisure.
    • When the income effect outweighs the substitution effect, the result is a “backward-bending” labor supply curve.
  • 34. Saving and Borrowing: Present Versus Future Consumption
    • Households can use present income to finance future spending (i.e., save), or they can use future funds to finance present spending (i.e., borrow).
  • 35. Saving and Borrowing: Present Versus Future Consumption
    • An increase in the interest rate also has substitution and income effects, as follows:
    • Income effect : Households will now earn more on all previous savings, so they will save less
    • Substitution effect : The opportunity cost of present consumption is now higher; given the law of demand, the household will save more.