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Eco550 final exam spring 2014 (part 1 and 2)

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Eco550 final exam part 1

Question 1

A ____ total cost function implies that marginal costs ____ as output is increased.

Answer


linear; increase linearly


quadratic; are constant


cubic; increase linearly


linear; are constant

Question 2

Which of the following is not an assumption of the linear breakeven model:

Answer


constant selling price per unit


decreasing variable cost per unit


fixed costs are independent of the output level


a single product (or a constant mix of products) is being produced and sold

Question 3

Break-even analysis usually assumes all of the following except:

Answer


in the short run, there is no distinction between variable and fixed costs.


revenue and cost curves are straight-lines throughout the analysis.


there appears to be perfect competition since the price is considered to remain the same regardless of quantity.


the straight-line cost curve implies that marginal cost is constant.

Question 4

George Webb Restaurant collects on the average $5 per customer at its breakfast & lunch diner. Its variable cost per customer averages $3, and its annual fixed cost is $40,000. If George Webb wants to make a profit of $20,000 per year at the diner, it will have to serve__________ customers per year.

Answer


10,000 customers


20,000 customers


30,000 customers


40,000 customers


50,000 customers

Question 5

The degree of operating leverage is equal to the ____ change in ____ divided by the ____ change in ____.

Answer


percentage; sales; percentage; EBIT


unit; sales; unit; EBIT


percentage; EBIT; percentage; sales


unit; EBIT; unit; sales

Question 6

In the linear breakeven model, the breakeven sales volume (in dollars) can be found by multiplying the breakeven sales volume (in units) by:

Answer


one minus the variable cost ratio


contribution margin per unit


selling price per unit


standard deviation of unit sales

Question 7

Long distance telephone service has become a competitive market. The average cost per call is $0.05 a minute, and it’s declining. The likely reason for the declining price for long distance service is:

Answer


Governmental pressure to lower the price


Reduced demand for long distance service


Entry into this industry pushes prices down


Lower price for a barrel of crude oil


Increased cost of providing long distance service

Question 8

In the long-run, firms in a monopolistically competitive industry will

Answer


earn substantial economic profits


tend to just cover costs, including normal profits


seek to increase the scale of operations


seek to reduce the scale of operations

Question 9

In the purely competitive case, marginal revenue (MR) is equal to:

Answer


cost


profit


price


total revenue

Question 10

An "experience good" is one that:

Answer


Only an expert can use


Has undetectable quality when purchased


Can be readily experienced simply by touching or tasting


Improves with age, like a fine wine

Question 11

Buyers anticipate that the temporary warehouse seller of unbranded computer equipment will

Answer


deliver high quality products consistent with expectations


not attempt to establish any warranty enforcement mechanisms


offer several prices and qualities


produce only one quality

Question 12

Asset specificity is largest when

Answer


value in first best use is large


value in second best use is large


customers choose their supplier at random


very valuable assets are non-redeployable


customers are loyal to a particular seller

Question 13

In the short-run for a purely competitive market, a manufacturer will stop production when:

Answer


the total revenue is less than total costs


the contribution to fixed costs is zero or less


the price is greater than AVC


operating at a loss

Question 14

Regulatory agencies engage in all of the following activities except _______.

Answer


controlling entry into the regulated industries


overseeing the quality of service provided by the firms


setting federal and state income tax rates on regulated firms


setting prices that consumers will pay

Question 15

Of the following, which is not an economic rationale for public utility regulation?

Answer


production process exhibiting increasing returns to scale


constant cost industry


avoidance of duplication of facilities


protection of consumers from price discrimination

Question 16

____ as practiced by public utilities is designed to encourage greater usage and therefore spread the fixed costs of the utility's plant over a larger number of units of output.

Answer


Peak load pricing


Inverted block pricing


Block pricing


First degree price discrimination

Question 17

In the electric power industry, residential customers have relatively ____ demand for electricity compared with large industrial users. But contrary to price discrimination, large industrial users generally are charged ____ rates.

Answer


similar, similar


elastic, lower


elastic, higher


inelastic, lower


inelastic, higher

Question 18

The demand curve facing the firm in ____ is the same as the industry demand curve.

Answer


pure competition


monopolistic competition


oligopoly


pure monopoly

Question 19

The practice by telephone companies of charging lower long-distance rates at night than during the day is an example of:

Answer


inverted block pricing


second-degree price discrimination


peak-load pricing


first-degree price discrimination


none of the above



Question 20

In a kinked demand market, whenever one firm decides to lower its price,

Answer


other firms will automatically follow.


none of the other firms will follow.


one half of the firms follow and one half of the firms don't follow the price cut.


other firms all decide to exit the industry


all of the other firms raise their prices.

Question 21

In the Cournot duopoly model, each of the two firms, in determining its profit-maximizing price-output level, assumes that the other firm's ____ will not change.

Answer


price


output


marketing strategy


inventory

Question 22

“Conscious parallelism of action” among oligopolistic firms is an example of ____.

Answer


intense rivalry


a formal collusive agreement


informal, or tacit, cooperation


a cartel

Question 23

If a cartel seeks to maximize profits, the market share (or quota) for each firm should be set at a level such that the ____ of all firms is identical.

Answer


average total cost


average profit


marginal profit


marginal cost


marginal revenue

Question 24

A cartel is a situation where firms in the industry

Answer


have an agreement to restrict output.


agree to produce identical products.


obey the rules of dominant firm price leadership.


experience the pain of a kinked demand curve.


have a barometric price leader

Question 25

Barometric price leadership exists when

Answer


one firm in the industry initiates a price change and the others follow it as a signal of changes in cost or demand in the industry.


one firm imposes its best price on the rest of the industry.


all firms agree to change prices simultaneously.


one company forms a price umbrella for all others.


the firms are all colluding.



part II

Question 1

If one-time gains from defection are always less than the discounted present value of an infinite time stream of cooperative payoffs at some given discount rate, the decision-makers have escaped

Answer


the Folk Theorem


the law of large numbers


the Prisoner's dilemma


the paradox of large numbers


the strategy of recusal

Question 2

Credibility in threats and commitments in sequential games is based on

Answer


randomizing one's actions so they are unpredictable


explicit communications with competitors


effective scenario planning


analyzing best reply responses

Question 3

A key to analyzing subgame perfect equilibrium strategy in sequential games is

Answer


predictable behavior


an explicit order of play for at least some participants


information sets that are known with certainty


credible threats clearly communicated


randomness

Question 4

Consider the game known as the Prisoner's Dilemma. What's the dilemma?

Answer


By both not confessing, both get to the cooperative solution and minimize time in prison.


By both confessing, both get to the noncooperative solution and both serve significant time in prison.


As a group, they are better off cooperating by not confessing, but each player has an incentive to be first to confess in a double cross.


The problem is that the spies should never have been caught; they should move to Rio.

Question 5

Non-cooperative sequential games can incorporate all the following features except

Answer


a single decision-maker in the endgame


no communication


finite or infinite time periods


third-party enforceable agreements


an explicit order of play

Question 6

Third-degree price discrimination exists whenever:

Answer


the seller knows exactly how much each potential customer is willing to pay and will charge accordingly.


different prices are charged by blocks of services.


the seller can separate markets by geography, income, age, etc., and charge different prices to these different groups.


the seller will bargain with buyers in each of the markets to obtain the best possible price.


Question 7

Which of the following pricing policies best identifies when a product should be expanded, maintained, or discontinued?

Answer


full-cost pricing policy


target-pricing policy


marginal-pricing policy


market-share pricing policy


markup pricing policy

Question 8

____ is the price at which an intermediate good or service is transferred from the selling to the buying division within the same firm.

Answer


Incremental price


Marginal price


Full-cost price


Transfer price

Question 9

Firms that have a cover charge for their customers and charge for each item they purchase as well are exhibiting

Answer


universal access price discrimination


declining block price discrimination.


mixed bundling price discrimination.


two-part price discrimination.


uniform pricing

Question 10

Electricity pricing that varies in its billing expense throughout the day is called

Answer


full pricing


marginal cost pricing


dynamic pricing


variable pricing


full cost pricing pricing

Question 12

Which of the following is not among the functions of contract?

Answer


to provide incentives for efficient reliance


to reduce transaction costs


to discourage the development of asymmetric information


to provide risk allocation mechanisms

Question 13

Mac trucks and their dealers would likely have an organizational form of

Answer


fixed profit sharing franchise contracts


spot market recontracting


alliances


vertical integration

Question 14

When manufacturers and distributors establish credible commitments to one another, they often employ

Answer


vertical requirements contracts


third-party monitoring


credible threat mechanisms


non-price tactics

Question 15

When retail bicycle dealers advertise and perform warranty repairs but do not deliver the personal selling message that Schwinn has designed as part of the marketing plan but cannot observe at less than prohibitive cost, the manufacturer has encountered a problem of ____.

Answer


reliance relationships


uncertainty


moral hazard


creative ingenuity


insurance reliance



Question 16

The sentiment for increased deregulation in the late 1970's and early 1980's has been felt most significantly in the price regulation of

Answer


coal


grain


transportation


automobiles


electric power generation

Question 17

____ yields the same results as the theory of perfect competition, but requires substantially fewer assumptions than the perfectly competitive model.

Answer


Baumol's sales maximization hypothesis


The Pareto optimality condition


The Cournot model


The theory of contestable markets

Question 18

The lower the barriers to entry and exit, the more nearly a market structure fits the ____ market model.

Answer


monopolistic competition


perfectly contestable


oligopoly


monopoly

Question 19

The antitrust laws regulate all of the following business decisions except ____.

Answer


collusion


mergers


monopolistic practices


price discrimination


wage levels

Question 20

The ____ is equal to the some of the squares of the market shares of all the firms in an industry.

Answer


market concentration ratio


Herfindahl-Hirschman index


correlation coefficient


standard deviation of concentration

Question 21

Cost-benefit analysis is the public sector counterpart to ____ used in private, profit-oriented firms.

Answer


ratio analysis


break-even analysis


capital budgeting techniques


economic forecasting

uestion 22

Which of the following should not be counted in a cost-benefit analysis?

Answer


direct benefits and costs


real secondary benefits


technological secondary costs


pecuniary benefits


intangibles

Question 23

In determining the optimal capital budget, one should choose those project's whose ____ exceeds the firm's ____ cost of capital.

Answer


internal rate of return, average


internal rate of return, marginal


internal rate of return, historic


average rate of return, marginal

Question 24

In the constant-growth dividend valuation model, the required rate of return on common stock (i.e., cost of equity capital) can be shown to be equal to the sum of the dividend yield plus the ____.

Answer


yield-to-maturity


present value yield


risk-free rate


dividend growth rate

Question 25

All of the following except ____ are shortcomings of cost-benefit analysis.

Answer


difficulty in measuring third-party costs


difficulty in measuring third-party benefits


failure to consider the time value of benefits and costs


difficulty of accounting for program interactions



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