# DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS DECEMBER 2, 2011 SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY ```DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
MASTER’S COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
DECEMBER 2, 2011
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 and smokes. Suppose cokes cost
a. Draw the budget constraint if she spends \$6 per day on these 2 goods.
b. Determine the combinations of cokes and smokes that maximize utility if her utility
function is specified as U(cokes, smokes) = C1S2.
1B. Suppose the market demand for cokes is specified as Qd = 900/P and the supply schedule is
specified as Qs = P:
a. Solve for the market equilibrium price and quantity where Qs = Qd.
b. Assume a tax of \$11/unit is imposed on sellers. Solve for the new P-Q equilibrium.
(Hint aQ2 + bQ + c = 0 is solved as Q = [-b &plusmn; sqrt(b2 – 4ac)]/2a, and sqrt(3721) = 61.
c. Determine the buyer and seller burden of the tax? Explain.
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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
MASTER’S COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
DECEMBER 2, 2011
6:00 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M.
PROCTOR: J. HUMMEL
1C. Given a production function Q = f (K, L) = K2L:
a. Show the total differential of Q(dQ) in terms of dK and dL.
b. Explain the economic meaning of dQ and every term in the dQ equation.
c. Derive the first order partial derivatives of Q with respect to K and L, that is fk and fL.
d. Derive all the second order partial derivatives of Q with respect to K and L.
e. Use the result in d. to explain whether K and L are experiencing the Law of
Diminishing Marginal Returns.
f. Use the result in d. to explain how K and L are related.
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