DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS MAY 6, 2011 SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
MASTER’S COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
MAY 6, 2011
6:00 P.M. TO 9:30 P.M.
PROCTOR: J. HUMMEL
INSTRUCTIONS:
1.
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.
2.
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answer two questions on the same sheet of paper.
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2.”
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disqualified.
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Section 1: Microeconomic Theory—Answer Any Two Questions.
1A. Suppose a monopolist faces two demand schedules, P1= 72 - Q1 and P2 = 36 - Q2/2, and TC
= 36Q. Determine the prices and output level for each market that maximizes profits for the
following assumptions:
a. Can charge different prices in both markets?
b. Must charge the same price in both markets?
c. Must charge the same price in both markets but TC = 22Q?
1B. Suppose TC = 3Q and Q = 576/P2:
a. Solve for the P-Q that maximizes profits.
b. Assume a tax of \$3/unit is imposed. Solve for the P-Q that maximizes profits.
&szlig; Determine the consumer burden of the tax? Explain.
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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
MASTER’S COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
MAY 6, 2011
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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