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Question 1:- Comment on the following statements, giving logical reasoninga.

The cross-elasticity of demand between the product of the monopolist and the product of any other producer must be very high. b. In case of monopoly, the marginal revenue is less than the price. c. In the short-run, a monopolist cannot be in equilibrium if MC cuts the MR curve from below, even if MC=MR. d. Monopoly represents an inefficient use of resources at the macro level. Solution:The cross-elasticity of demand will not be applicable in case of a monopoly. This is because normally in a monopoly no other producer or seller can enter. In case the monopoly is not a legal monopoly and is driven by some other factor, some other players can enter the market. In that case if the new player is able to with stand the force of competition by the original firm, there may be cross elasticity of demand between two but in that case it will not be a monopoly.

Solution:In case of monopoly, producer loss sellers can sell more products only if he will reduce the price of product. Price for a particular quantity of product is same as average revenue of that product. Now addition to the total revenue that will result from the selling of one addition unit of product will be less than the price firm will revive for that unit. Hence in monopoly, the MR would be less than the price.

AR and MR curve of a Monopoly Firm

Solution:If in short run for a monopolist firm MC is equal to MR and MC cost MR from below, it will be in equilibrium for sure. This is because when MC cost MR from below and MC=MR, that point is called equilibrium point or point when profit is maximum. This is possible is all the market conditions.

Solution:Many economists exclude monopoly from the good economic practice because in monopoly a firm produces at less than optimum level and therefore there is always a scope of excess capacity of production in case of monopoly. This gap is the original level of production and the optimum level of production leads to economic inefficiency as it neither adds to sellers profit nor to the consumer surplus.

Question 2:- Draw a diagram depicting loss to a competitive firm in the short period. Also compare the social benefits under monopoly and perfect competition with a diagram? Solution:- Losses in the short period:-

Social Benefits-Perfect Competition and Monopoly

In perfect competition price of product is determined by industry according to equilibrium point of demand and supply. The demand

curve is highly elastic in this case. So consumers have a benefit that no firm can change more prices. While in monopoly a firm(or industry) can change whatever price it wants. Though it can unleash the price as it wants, still it has control over the prices of industry. So consumers are at the loss here because in monopoly firm produces at less than optimum level and change higher price.

Question 3:- Consider the following table and locate the profit maximizing level of output. Also estimate the degree of monopoly corresponding to that level of output
Output 1 2 3 4 5 Price 5 4 3 2 1 Average Cost 3 3 3 3 3

Solution:Outpu t
1 2 3 4 5

Pric e
5 4 3 2 1

3 3 3 3 3

3 6 9 12 15

5 8 9 8 5

3 3 3 3 3

5 3 1 -1 -3

5 4 3 2 1

Question 4:- Comment on the following statement with logical reasoning: A firm in the long-run under monopolistic competition earns only normal profits like that in perfect competition but only the price is higher and output lower. Solution :This is true that a firm in long rum under monopolistic competition earns only normal profit like that is perfect competition, only difference being that the price is higher and output lower in monopoly competition. This is because perfect competition has a horizontal demand curve (Dpc) change firm under perfect competition will produce any output at price pc. But monopolistically competition firm has a downward sloping curve. So it will produce less at higher price as compared to a firm operating under perfect competition.

Question 5:- The kink demand curve theory explains why a price once determined would remain sticky but does not determine that price level. Comment. Solution:- kink demand curve is based upon two basic assumptions:1) If a firm increases its price other will not follow. 2) If a firm decreases its price other will also do the same. In oligopoly, the firm has no option to sell its goods at the current price only. If trice to decrease its price its price to create more demand, two things can happen either the rival firms will do the same and the sales will not increase accordingly or the firm may get into loss due to substitution effect.

Kink demand curve just shows the righty of price and interdependent decision making in oligopoly but it does not have any tool to determine the price which should be agreed open by firms.

Question 6:- Comment on the following statements with logical reasoning and appropriate diagrams. a) In oligopoly, there is no one single determinate solution, but a number of determinate solutions depending upon different assumptions. b) The success of price leadership of a firm depends upon the correctness of his estimates about the reactions of his followers. Solution a):- In oligopoly we have indeterminate demand curve. There can be two demand
curves; one can be highly elastic and other can be less elastic. There can be two assumptions basically in accordance with the increase in price of product by one firm:1. Rival firm may increase the price. 2. Rival firm may not react to change in price.

Variations in Demand due to different assumptions

Solution b):- price leadership is when the new entrants or other firms selling products in same
category agree to sell their product at the same price as determined by existing large firm. A dominate firm (which decides the price) sets price at such a rate that even the small firms and those producing at a higher cost of production can even some profit. The good margins and also maintain their market leadership. So the dominant firm anticipates the market conditions and also the profit margins such that even the smallest of the firms can earn profits.

Question 7:- A city has only one furniture store. Is it likely that the store could successfully practice price discrimination? Why or why not? Solution :As the city has only one furniture store, the store will have monopoly in the city. But the market in a city is unlikely to the separated. For practicing price discrimination division of markets should be there. In these divided markets elasticity of demand needs to be different. But as it is clear from this case, the only furniture store of the city cannot practice price discrimination due to absence of market separation.

Question 8:- Is persistent dumping beneficial for the country? Why do countries resort to dumping?

Solution :Dumping is beneficial for a country because it helps in keeping domestic price at a optimum level but excess of dumping may cause rise of inflation in a country normally such a condition does not arise in case of countries resorting dumping. Countries resort to dumping because dumping allows exporting bulk of production at a price below the domestic price. It is a bind of predatory pricing aimed at disposing off excess inventory in order to avoid reduction in home price or to gain monopoly in the foreign market.

Question 9:- Classification of markets is based on their characteristics. Substantiate this statement with reference to Monopoly and Oligopoly market structures. Solution :Identification of the types of markets can be done on the basis of their features. Various features are assigned to different types of markets. Various features to distinguish between monopoly and oligopoly market structures are :MONOPO Particulars OLIGOPOLY LY Numbers of sellers Few sellers Single sellers May be hetrogenws or Products homogeneous Single product NO legal barrios but economic barrios can be Entry barriers present. Restricted entry Decision interdependent independent making decision making decision making Firm and No. difference Film and industry are between firm industry different and undustry

Question 10:- McDonalds is a leading fast food chain giant of USA enjoying international
market also. If it is charging high price at home and low price in foreign market, it is practicising price-discrimination. If McDonalds is enjoying monopoly at home, then how it

will determine price and output for domestic and foreign market? Explain and Draw a suitable diagram also. Solution :Where price discrimination is practiced by a sells, the price is different market is determined by the firm according to the elasticity of demand of two markets. An equilibrium point is living decided by the firm in the total market which decodes the prime in two markets where price discrimination is living practiced.

Question 11:- It is said that a monopolist has full control over output and price .In spite of that why does even a monopolist firm have to depend upon the demand curve for price determination? Solution :Even in the case of monopoly a firm would want to maximize its profit. To maximize its profit. It has to go along with the role MC=MR and MC cuts MR from below. A company which is practicing price discrimination will first decide the price based upon profit maximization point of the total market. Once the output is determined, the firm would distrileote as much output in each market as corresponding to point where MC is equal to MR in each

market. If the firm will start changing price randomly without of the different markets, it will not be able to maximize the profit.

Question 12:- Grocery stores and gasoline stations in a large city would appear to be examples of competitive markets .There are numerous relatively small sellers, each seller is a price taker and products are quite similar. a) How could we argue that these markets are not competitive? b) Could each firm face a demand curve that is not perfectly elastic? Solution a):The above stated markets do not sum to be competitive as these sells are just price tables, not price markets. More over products are quite similar. Advertising is very unlikely to the present is that small scale of bossiness. So these sells do not have much have to attract new customers. So we can say that these markets are not competitive.

Solution b):No, these firms cannot have demand curve which is not perfectly classic. Because products are quite similar and there are large numbers of sellers. So customers can cozily shift from one seller to another . So these firms cannot have demand curve which are not perfectly elastic.