Post eco202 final exam may 2015

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Question 1

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Suppose that every customer in a market wants to enjoy the good supplied by the best producer, and the good is produce with technology such that the best producer can supply to every customer at a low cost. This is an example of

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the superstar phenomenon.

human capital.

efficiency wages.

signaling.

Question 2

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The larger the number of firms in an oligopoly, the

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 lower the price and the smaller the output of the industry.

higher the price and the greater the output of the industry.

lower the price and the greater the output of the industry.

higher the price and the smaller the output of the industry.

Question 3

2 out of 2 points

Signaling in labor markets and advertising are examples where an informed party uses the signal to convince the uninformed party that the informed party is offering something of high quality.

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True

False

Question 4

2 out of 2 points

Discrimination in the labor market occurs when employers pay different wages to workers who differ only by race, ethnicity, sex, age, or other personal characteristics.

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True

False

Question 5

2 out of 2 points

A strategy that is best for a player in a game regardless of the strategies chosen by the other players is called a(n)

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game theory strategy.

dominant strategy.

prisoner's dilemma strategy.

oligopoly strategy.

Question 6

2 out of 2 points

Movies and novels are examples of products sold in monopolistically-competitive industries.

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True

False

Question 7

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Hidden characteristics typically lead to

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efficient outcomes.

adverse selection.

hidden actions.

moral hazard.

Question 8

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Hidden actions typically lead to

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efficient outcomes.

adverse selection.

hidden characteristics

moral hazard.

Question 9

2 out of 2 points

The effect of an increase in interest rates on consumer savings in the current period is ambiguous.

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True

False

Question 10

2 out of 2 points

The slope of the budget constraint will change whenever the

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income of the consumer changes.

slope of the consumer's indifference curve changes.

preferences of the consumer changes.

price of one of the two goods changes.

Question 11

2 out of 2 points

Economists measure the social cost of a monopoly by calculating monopoly profits.

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True

False

Question 12

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Antitrust laws, regulation, public ownership, and doing nothing are all potential strategies that a government can use to deal with the problem of monopoly.

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True

False

Question 13

2 out of 2 points

Human capital is

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machinery and equipment designed by humans.

the premium wages earned by highly-skilled workers.

labor resources earned by firms.

training.

Question 14

2 out of 2 points

Economic mobility refers to the willingness of people to migrate across the United States to search for better jobs.

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True

False

Question 15

2 out of 2 points

A Nash equilibrium is a strategy that is best for a player in game regardless of the strategies chosen by the other players.

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True

False

Question 16

2 out of 2 points

Which of the following is not a controversial business practice that may be prohibited by antitrust laws?

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import tariffs

predatory pricing

resale price maintenance

tying

Question 17

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Which of the following is not a characteristic of a monopolistically-competitive market?

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The goods offered for sale are identical.

There is free entry and exit

There are many sellers.

There are many buyers.

Question 18

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For a monopolist, as output increases, the firm's total revenue

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increases.

decreases.

first increases, then decreases.

first decreases, then increases.

Question 19

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If there is a permanent increase in the demand for hybrid cars, hybrid car manufacturers will want to hire

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fewer workers, which will cause wages in the industry to increase.

more workers, which will cause wages in the industry to decrease.

more workers, which will cause wages in the industry to increase.

fewer workers, which will cause wages in the industry to decrease.

Question 20

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Which of the following statements is not an example of a compensating differential?

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Older, more experienced workers are paid more than younger, less experienced workers.

Law professors are paid less than practicing lawyers because their working conditions are more pleasant.

Night-shift workers are paid more than day-shift workers because workers prefer to work during the daytime.

Coal miners are paid more than other workers with similar skills because coal mining is risky.

Question 21

2 out of 2 points

The prisoner's dilemma game shows us that

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the dominant strategy will always be the same for both decision makers.

following a logical, self-interested strategy may not result in the best outcome for decision makers.

the dominant strategy will always provide the best outcome for both decision makers.

cooperation among decision makers is common and easy to maintain.

Question 22

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According to the Condorcet paradox, majority rule will produce the outcome most preferred by the median voter.

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True

False

Question 23

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An increase in the price of gasoline will likely lower the wages of oil workers.

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True

False

Question 24

2 out of 2 points

Factors of production are the inputs used to produce goods and services.

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True

False

Question 25

2 out of 2 points

An example of adverse selection is a parent who installs a hidden camera in the living room to observe the behavior of the family's nanny.

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True

False

Question 26

2 out of 2 points

For which of the following market structures does a profit-maximizing firm charge a price greater than marginal cost?

(i) Perfect competition

(ii) Monopolistic competition

(iii) Monoply

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(ii) and (iii) only

(i), (ii), and (iii)

(i) only

(ii) only

Question 27

2 out of 2 points

Of all the income earned in the United States before taxes in 2008, the richest fifth of households earn about

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half.

one-tenth.

one-third.

three-fourths.

Question 28

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A major critique of advertising is that it

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promotes excessive competition among firms in the industry.

undermines the market price.

provides information to consumers that they would be better off without.

manipulates people's tastes and preferences.

Question 29

2 out of 2 points

Which of the following is an example of signaling in the labor market?

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Wages increase due to an increase in the demand for labor.

Earning a college degree demonstrates that the worker has high ability.

Earning a college degree increases a worker's human capital, which increases the wages earned by that worker.

Wages increase due to a decrease in the supply of labor.

Question 30

2 out of 2 points

A cartel is an example of collusion among firms.

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 True

False

Question 31

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Which of the following is not an example of screening to uncover private information?

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A man gives a woman cash for her birthday because "everyone likes cash."

An automobile insurer charges a higher rate to drivers with more speeding tickets than to drivers with no speeding tickets.

Sarah is considering buying a used car from Alison. Before Sarah writes a check, she takes the car to an auto mechanic to inspect it.

A life insurance company requires that potential policy holders take a physical exam before being issued a policy.

Question 32

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Which of the following would not increase the value of the marginal product of labor?

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 an increase in the price of the good sold by the firm

an increase in the number of workers available

a labor-augmenting technological advance

an increase in the supply of a factor of production used by workers

Question 33

2 out of 2 points

Minimum-wage laws tend to

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increase the unemployment of unskilled labor

increase the annual income levels of all unskilled workers.

increase the unemployment of skilled labor.

affect all workers similarly.

Question 34

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The theory of efficiency wages predicts that firms will pay their workers a wage exactly equal to the value of the marginal product of labor.

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 True

False

Question 35

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Which of the following would not shift the labor-supply curve for the cranberry industry?

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an increase in the price of cranberries

a decrease in the wages paid to workers in the strawberry industry

a change in worker tastes that causes women to supply more labor to the labor market

an increase in immigration

Question 36

2 out of 2 points

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Studies of sports teams suggest that customer discrimination may

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have been present in Major League Baseball in the 1960s.

be present in the National Basketball Association.

All of these choices are correct.

Question 37

2 out of 2 points

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The price paid for any factor of production should equal the

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marginal revenue of the product sold by the firm.

value of the marginal product of the input.

price of the product sold by the firm.

Question 38

2 out of 2 points

Which of the following statements is not an example of human capital?

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Older, more experienced workers are paid more than younger, less experienced workers.

Law professors are paid less than practicing lawyers because their working conditions are more pleasant.

College graduates in developing countries earn substantially higher wages, on average, than workers with only a high school degree.

Graduates of higher-ranked MBA programs earn more than graduates of lower-ranked MBA program.

Question 39

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A monopoly sells a higher quantity and charges a higher price than a competitive market.

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True

False

Question 40

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The change in consumption that results when a price change moves the consumer to a higher or lower indifference curve is called the

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income effect.

indifference effect.

price effect.

substitution effect.

Question 41

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The long-run equilibrium for firms in a monopolistically-competitive market is characterized by

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prices equal to average total costs.

negative profits.

prices equal to average variable costs.

positive profits.

Question 42

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Jumbo Jet Airways charges customers a lower fare for an airline ticket from Chicago to New York City if the customer purchases the ticket online rather than calling JumboJet Airways customer service agents. This is an example of

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monopoly pricing.

deadweight loss.

arbitrage.

price discrimination.

Question 43

2 out of 2 points

The political philosophy according to which the government should choose policies to maximize the total well-being of everyone in society is called

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libertarianism.

Keynesianism.

utilitarianism.

liberalism.

Question 44

2 out of 2 points

If firms in monopolistic competition are enjoying positive economic profits, in the long run this will attract new firms into the industry, causing prices for fall and profits to disappear.

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True

False

Question 45

2 out of 2 points

Many antipoverty programs have the unintended consequence of

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increasing employment through minimum-wage laws.

discouraging work.

encouraging addictions through food stamps.

lowering family incomes through the negative income tax.

Question 46

2 out of 2 points

Suppose that canned spaghetti is an inferior good. A decrease in income will decrease the optimal consumption of canned spaghetti.

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 True

False

Question 47

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A monopoly must earn zero economic profit in the long run.

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True

False

Question 48

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A cartel most closely resembles the market structure of

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monopolistic competition.

monopoly.

perfect competition.

Nashopoly.

Question 49

2 out of 2 points

In-kind transfers complicate the measurement of inequality.

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True

False

Question 50

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For a Giffen good, the income effect

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is stronger than the substitution effect.

results in a very steep, downward-sloping demand curve.

and the substitution effect move in the same direction.

exactly equals the substitution effect.

 

 

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