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MSc Business Economics: Coursework Quiz 5 (Lecture Sessions 9 & 10)

The correct answers are in yellow

Please note: the order of the questions in the online quiz were randomized so they will not have necessarily appeared in the following order:

During the short run, when the capital stock and technology are fixed, it is usual to suppose that:

a) the marginal product of labour is constant

b) the marginal product of labour is positive and rising

c) the marginal product of labour is zero

d) the marginal product of labour is negative and falling

e) the marginal product of labour is positive and declining

When full employment equilibrium prevails in the aggregate labour market it is usual to suppose that unemployment will be positive in part because:

a)

real wages are normally above their equilibrium level

b)

in a dynamic economy there are always some people moving between jobs

c)

real wages are sticky in a downward direction

d)

interest rates can never be zero

e)

none of the

From the analysis of the labour market, we would expect an increase in the capital stock to be associated with:

a. a fall in the level of employment

b. an increase in structural unemployment

c. an increase in voluntary unemployment

d. an increase in the marginal product of labour

e. all of the above

The long run is usually defined as a period during which:

a) the capital stock is fixed, but the labor input is variable

b) the capital stock and technology are fixed, but the labor input is variable

c) the capital stock, technology and the labor input are all fixed

d) the ratio of capital to labour is fixed

e) none of the abov

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In the analysis of public policy decisions, the compensation principle suggests that a policy change should be regarded as leading to an improvement in welfare if:

a)

the poorer sections of society are made better off by the change

b)

at least one person can be made better off by the change

c)

the gainers from the change can compensate the losers to accept the change and

still be left better off

 

d)

the majority of people are made better off by the change

e)

all of the above

If a negative externality is present in a market, the competitive equilibrium is such that:

a) marginal private cost is greater than marginal private benefit

b) marginal social cost is equal to the market price

c) marginal private benefit is greater than marginal social cost

d) marginal social cost is greater than marginal private benefit

e) none of the above

A comparison of long-run equilibrium under perfect competition and monopolistic competition suggests that:

a) the perfectly competitive firms operate at P < MR

b) the monopolistically competitive firms operate at P < MR

c) the perfectly competitive firms operate at P > the minimum of ATC

d) the monopolistically competitive firms operate at P > the minimum of ATC

e) all of the above

In a competitive labour market we would expect firms to hire labour up to the point where:

a) the marginal revenue product of labour is equal to the prevailing wage rate

b) the marginal revenue product of labour exceeds the prevailing wage rate by the extent of the profit margin

c) the marginal revenue product of labour exceeds the prevailing wage rate by the greatest sustainable amount

d) the marginal revenue product of labour is zero

e) the marginal revenue product of labour begins to fall as employment rises

The analysis of monopoly power suggests that a perfectly discriminating monopolist (a monopoly exercising first degree price discrimination) will produce at an output level which is:

a)

below the competitive output level

b)

designed to deter the entry of new competitors

c)

greater than the competitive output level

d)

below the profit-maximizing output level

e)

the same as the competitive output level

 

The aggregate production function suggests that the potential sources of output growth for an economy are:

a) increased labour supply

b) capital accumulation

c) technological progress

d) all of the above

e) none of the above

End of Coursework Quiz 5