# DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS MAY 4, 2012 SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

```DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
MASTER’S COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
MAY 4, 2012
6:00 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M.
PROCTOR: J. HUMMEL
INSTRUCTIONS:
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Answer ONLY the specified number of questions from the options provided in each
section. Do not answer more than the required number of questions. Each section takes
one hour.
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Section 1: Microeconomic Theory—Answer Any Two Questions.
1A. Lydia spends all of her income on two goods: cokes (C) and chocolate candy bars (B).
Suppose cokes cost \$2/bottle and chocolate bars are \$1.00 each. For each 2 cokes she buys, she
a. Draw the budget constraint if she spends \$16 per day on these 2 goods. (Put cokes on
the horizontal axis.)
b. Determine the combinations of cokes and bars that maximize utility if her utility
function is specified as U(cokes, bars) = C2S1.
1B. Suppose the market demand for cokes is specified as Qd = 900/P2 and the monopolist cost
schedule is specified as TC = 3Q1:
a. Derive the MR and MC schedules for the monopolist.
b. Solve for the price and quantity that maximize the monopolist’s profits.
c. Assume a tax of \$2/unit is imposed on the seller. Solve for the new P-Q equilibrium
that maximizes profits.
d. Determine the buyer’s burden of the tax? Explain.
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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
MASTER’S COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
MAY 4, 2012
6:00 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M.
PROCTOR: J. HUMMEL
1C. A firm is a price-taker in the labor market. The firm wants to choose the optimal level of
labor to maximize profit. Let W be the unit price of labor, and assume that labor cost is the only
cost of production:
a. Write the objective function in terms of L(labor). Hint: Use TR = TR[Q(L)] for total
revenue.
b. Derive the first order condition (FOC) for profit-maximization in mathematical
notations.
c. Derive the second order condition (SOC) for profit-maximization in mathematical
notations.
d. Explain the economic meaning of the FOC and the SOC graphically and verbally.
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