Answer to Question #98647 in Microeconomics for Eula Rodrigues

Question #98647
3. A consumer’s utility function is given by U = XY, where MUX = Y and MUY = X.
a. What is the utility derived from 1 unit of X and 2 units of Y? What is the utility derived from 2 units
of X and 1 unit of Y? What is the utility derived from 5 units of X and 2 units of Y?
b. How does the consumer rank the following bundles?
Bundle Quantity of X Quantity of Y
A 2 2
B 10 0
C 1 5
D 3 2
E 2 3
c. Graph indifference curves that show the bundles of X and Y for which U = 6 and U = 8. Is the “more
is better” assumption satisfied for X and Y?
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Expert's answer
2019-11-14T08:57:24-0500

Solution:

a) MUx=2, MUy=1,

MUx=1, MUy=2,

MUx=2, MUy=5.

b) x y U

A 2 2 4

B 10 0 0

C 1 5 5

D 3 2 6

E 2 3 6


c) If U=6, the graph will look like


If U=8, the graph will look like




Is the “more is better” assumption satisfied for X and Y?


Depends on budget constraints.


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