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I I Y=
2PX, 2PY

A consumer has the utility function u=x0.5y0.5.

= 50 2(1) 100 Y=
= 25 2(2) X=

(i) Find the consumers Marshallian demand curves for x and y Max Z = X 0.5 Y 0.5 − λ[PX X + PY Y − I]
δZ U
= 0.5 − λPX = 0
δX X


δZ U
= 0.5 − λPY = 0
δY Y


= PX X + PY Y − I = 0
∴ = X X PY

(iii) from (i) and (ii)) (from (iii))

PX X + PX X = I Thus


I I Y=
2PX, 2PY

(ii) Suppose that initially the consumer has an income of 100, and faces Px = 1 and Py = 2. What will be the consumption of x and y?

(iii) Suppose that the price of y is now reduced to 1. Find an approximate value for the consumer surplus resulting from this price change, using the `rule of a half' If the price of Y is reduced to 1 then Y=50. Using the 'rule of a half' Marshallian Consumer Surplus (MCS) = 0.5(P1-P2)(Y1+Y2)

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