Previous Year Paper Solution | Indian Economic Service Exam 2011 | General Economics - I

Q. No. 1 (a) Define the compensated demand curve. How does it differ from the uncompensated demand curve?

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Q. No. 1 (b) - What do you mean by corner solution? In the case of perfect complementory goods, where do you get the corner solution?

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Q. No. 1 (c) Given that the average revenue curve is a rectangular hyperbola, what will be the shape of the marginal revenue curve? Comment briefly.

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Q. No. 1 (d) - Suppose that a monopolist faces a demand curve with price elasticity less than one should the monopolist adopt the policy of price-increase in order to increase revenue? Justify your answer.

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Q. No. 1 (e) - Define cross elasticity of demand. Based on such definition, how can you distinguish between the substitute goods and the complementary goods?

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Q. No. 1 (f) - Using graphical approach, solve the following linear programming problem:
Minimize : C = 80X + 60Y
Subject to :
2X + 2Y ⋝ 3
2X + 0Y ⋝ 1
X, Y ⋝ 0

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Q. No. 1 (g) - Consider a Cobb-Douglas production function \(Y = A{K^\alpha }{L^\beta }\) where K and L are respectively the capital and labour to produce output Y. Show that if all the factors are paid according to their marginal products, the total product will be exhausted if \(\alpha + \beta = 1\).

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Q. No. 1 (h) - Consider a linear demand function q = a -bp, where q = quantity demanded, p = price per unit and a,b > 0. Find out the average and the marginal revenue and draw the diagram.

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Q. No. 1 (i) - Establish mathematically the relationship between average cost (AC) and marginal cost (MC).

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Q. No. 1 (j) - Define and distinguish between the normal profit and the super-normal profit under perfect competition. In the short run, find out graphically the amount of profit corresponding to the equilibrium without using the average cost curve.

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Q. N0. 1. (k) - In the game theory comment on the terms 'maxi-min' and 'mini-max'.

Maxi-min is the maximum payoff in the row-minimum in a zero-sum-game where raw minimum is a set of minimum payoffs from each raw in a payoff matrix.
Mini-max is the minimum payoff in the column-maximum in a zero-sum-game where column maximum is a set of maximum payoffs from each column in a payoff matrix.

Suggested vido to understand these concepts more clearly - Game Theory Basics - 2


Q. No. 2 - Define income effect, substitution effect and price effect of any change in price Show that the price effect can be decomposed into the income effect and the substitution effect.

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Q. No. 3 - The demand function \({Q_1} = 50 - {P_1}\) intersects another linear demand function \({Q_2}\) at P = 10. The elasticity of demand for \({Q_2}\) is six times larger than that of \({Q_1}\) at that point. Find the demand function for \({Q_2}\).

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Q. No. 4 - Consider the utility function \(u = \sqrt {{q_1}{q_2}} \) where q1 and q2 are the quantities of two commodities on which the consumer spends his monthly income ₹5,000. If the price per unit of q1 and q2 be ₹50 and ₹20 respectively, find out the optimal quantities of q1 and q2. (Marks - 15)

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Q. No. 5 - Define linear homogeneous production function with the help of CES production function. Also establish that CES production function is strictly quasi-concave for positive L and K, where L, K are labour and capital respectively.

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Q. No. 6 - What do you mean by price discrimination? Under which condition is the price discrimination profitable? Trace out the equilibrium situation under price discrimination.

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Q. No. 7 - How can you get the wage offer curve and the supply curve of labour? How can you justify the backward bending supply curve of labour?

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Q. No. 8 - What is meant by excess capacity? Why is it bad? Are there any benefits of excess capacity associated with monopolistic competition?

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Q. No. 9 - If D = 250 - 50p and S = 25p + 25 are the demand and supply functions repectively, calculate the equilibrium price and the quantity. Hence calculate both consumer's and producer's surpluses under equilibrium.

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Q. No. 10 - Define and distinguish between rent and quasi-rent. What do you mean by 'transfer earnings? Elucidate the statement that no economic rent is earned when the supply of a factor is perfectly elastic.

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Q. No. 11 - How does Lorenz curve exxplain income inequality? Explain with one suitable example. Define Gini coefficient with the help of Lorenz curve and show that \[Gini = [1 - 2 \times (Area\,below\,Lorenz\,curve)].\]

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Q. No. 12 (a) - In computing the correlation coefficient between two variables X and Y from 25 pairs of observations, the intermediate results are: \[n = 25\] \[\sum\limits_i {{X_i}} = 125\] \[\sum\limits_i {X_i^2} = 650\] \[\sum\limits_i {{Y_i}} = 100\] \[\sum\limits_i {X_i^2} = 460\] \[\sum\limits_i {{X_i}{Y_i}} = 508\] Later on at the time of checking it was found that two pairs of observations which should be
X812
Y68
had been incorrectly recorded us
X614
Y86
. Calculate the correct value of correlation coefficient. (Marks - 15)

(b) - Find out the variance of numbers 1, 2, 3, ...., 50 and the coefficient of variation. What is the advantage of computing the coefficient of variation over the variance? (Marks - 5+3+2=10)

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Q. No. 13 (a) - Explain the terms as follows and their importance in the context of inference analysis: Degree of freedom, Level of significance, and Power of the test.

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Q. No. 13 (b) Briefly discuss the principal component analysis and the rationale for its use.

A pdf related to principal component analysis has been available in the Google Drive Folder. See the Econometrics file of the folder.
Also see Q. No. 12 (b) and (c) General Economics - 1 Previous Year Paper Solution 2019.


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