Economic related problem set

Economic related problem set

Problem Set I

ECON 302- 0003, Ruchira Sen

Due Date, Tuesday, February, 13

This problem set is worth 55 points. You may also avail of 2 extra credits if at least 25 students submit by

1:00 pm on the Due Date. Please submit your answers on a separate sheet of paper. Handwritten answer

sheets are allowed. Typed are obviously preferred.

Short Answers

Define the following concepts and explain their importance in your own words. [2.2 points each]

i) Cournot-Nash Equilibrium

ii) External Effects

iii) Best Response

iv) Constitutional Conundrum

v) Pareto efficient and Pareto improvement


A) Consider the following game between Liberty (L) and McKenna (M). Consider the following

statements about the game and determine which are true and which are false. Make sure to explain your

answer. [1.375 points]

i) Liberty has a strictly dominant strategy.


Left Right


Up (2, 3) (3, 4)

Middle (5, 1) (1, 2)

Down (4, 3) (2, 3)


ii) Liberty has a weakly dominated strategy

iii) Liberty has no dominant strategies.

iv) McKenna has a strictly dominant strategy.

v) McKenna has a weakly dominant strategy

vi) McKenna has no dominant strategies.

vii) The game has a dominant strategy equilibrium.

viii) The game has a Nash equilibrium.

B) Bill and Ted, two teenagers from San Dimas, California, are playing the game of chicken. Bill drives

south on a one-lane road and Ted drives north along the same road. Each has two strategies: Stay or

Swerve. If one player chooses Swerve he loses face; if both Swerve,they both lose face. If both choose Stay,

they are both killed. Consider the following payoff matrix: [2.2 points each]


Stay Swerve

Ted Stay (−3,−3) (2, 0)

Swerve (0, 2) (1, 1)

i) What are the Pareto-efficient outcomes?

ii) What are the best responses? What are the Nash equilibria?

iii) Are there any dominant strategies? If so, which?

iv) Graph the payoff set for this game.

v) What are the conflict and common-interest elements in this game?

C) For each of the following games: (i) identify the Nash equilibrium/equilibria if they exist, (ii) identify

all strictly dominant strategies if there are any, and (iii) identify the Pareto-optimal outcomes and

comment whether they coincide with the Nash Equilibrium(s) you found. Also (iv), would you classify the

game as an invisible hand problem”, a coordination problem”, an assurance game”, a prisoners dilemma”,

or none of these? [2.2 points each]


Column Player

(C1) (C2)

Row Player (R1) (2, 3) (−1,−1)

(R2) (−1,−1) (3, 2)


Column Player

(C1) (C2)

Row Player (R1) (5, 5) (1, 5)

(R2) (5, 1) (4, 4)


Column Player

(C1) (C2)

Row Player (R1) (−1,−1) (−5, 0)

(R2) (0,−5) (−4,−4)


Column Player

(C1) (C2)

Row Player (R1) (1, 0) (1,−1)

(R2) (0, 1) (0, 1)


Column Player

(C1) (C2) (C3)

Row Player

(R1) (4, 4) (3, 5) (2, 6)

(R2) (5, 3) (3, 3) (3, 5)

(R3) (6, 2) (5, 3) (4, 4)

D) North (N) and South (S) are selecting environmental policies. The well-being of each is

interdependent, in part due to global environmental effects. Each has a choice of two strategies: Emit or

Restrict emission. Suppose this is just a two-person game between two representative citizens of North and

South. Let the representative citizen in each region have the following utility functions where α, β and γ

are some constants.

North’s utility:

uN (eN , eS) = α(eN ) + β(eS) + γ(eN ∗ eS)



uS(eN , eS) = α(eS) + β(eN ) + γ(eN ∗ eS)



(eN , eS) = 1 (3)

when the country chooses to emit and where

(eN , eS) = 0 (4)

when the country chooses not to emit.

i) Fill in the payoff table representing this game, that is, find the utility for North and South given either

strategy. (Hint:

uN (eN , eS) = α+ β + γ (5)

when the country chooses to emit.) [5.5 points]


Emit (eS = 1) Restrict (eS = 0)

North Emit (eN = 1) (uN (eN , eS)),uN (eN , eS)) (uN (eN , eS)),uN (eN , eS))

Restrict (eN = 0) (uN (eN , eS)),uN (eN , eS)) (uN (eN , eS)),uN (eN , eS))

ii) Choose values for α, β and γ that make this game a Prisoners’ Dilemma. Show your reasoning. [5.5



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