# Microeconomics Problem Solving Questions

Problem 1

Bill can produce either tables or chairs. Bill can work up to 10 hours a day. His production possibilities are given in the table below:

Tables
Chairs

0
100

10
80

20
60

30
40

40
20

50
0

Construct the production possibilities frontier (PPF) for Bill. Put tables on the Horizontal axis and chairs on the vertical axis.
What is Bill’s opportunity cost of producing one additional table?
What is Bill’s opportunity cost of producing one additional chair?
Currently Bill is producing 20 tables and 40 chairs.

Is this allocation of resources efficient? Why?
Show this allocation on the graph and advise Bill how he can be more efficient.

Problem 2

Suppose the market for corn is given by the following equations for supply and demand:
QS = 2p − 2
QD = 13 − p
where Q is the quantity in millions of bushels per year and p is the price.

Calculate the equilibrium price and quantity.
Sketch the supply and demand curves on a graph indicating the equilibrium quantity and price.
Calculate the price-elasticity of demand and supply at the equilibrium price/quantity.

The government judges the market price is under expectations and announces a price floor equal to \$7 per bushel.

Would there be a surplus or a shortage?
What would be the quantity of excess supply or demand that results?
Use the graph to show you results.

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Abstract

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Paper contains a “roadmap” for the reader.
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Paper is fairly well organized.
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Inconsistent support for thesis. Paper weakly organized. Conclusion is acceptable.
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Research

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Bibliography missing.

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Thinki

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Arguments are logical, supported with evidence. The key arguments have been made – no major points have been left out.
Arguments are
pertinent to the topic.   Arguments are fairly logical and reasonably supported.
Most key arguments have been made.
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Arguments not pertinent. Arguments rarely, if at
all, logical and supported.
Almost no key arguments have been made.

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