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Tutorial- Managerial Economic – Cost Function

1) Based on your knowledge of the definition of the various measures of short-run cost,
complete this table.

0 120
1 265
2 264
3 161
4 85
5 525
6 120
7 97
8 768
9 97
10 127

2) The economist for the Grand Corporation has estimated the company’s cost function, using
time series data, to be

TC = 50 + 16Q - 2Q2 + 0.2Q3
where TC = Total cost
Q = Quantity produced per period

a) Plot this curve for quantities 1 to 10.
b) Calculate the average total cost, average variable cost, and marginal cost for these
quantities, and plot them on another graph.
c) Discuss your results in terms of decreasing, constant, and increasing marginal costs. Does
Grand’s cost function illustrate all these?

3) Discuss the following three cost functions:
TC = 20 + 4Q
TC = 20 + 2Q + 0.5Q2
TC = 20 + 4Q - 0.1Q2

a. Calculate all cost curves:
• Total cost
• Total fixed cost
• Total variable cost
• Average total cost
• Average fixed cost
• Average variable cost
• Marginal cost

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