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By B. Hill

The second one version of this introductory textual content, for college kids of agriculture, has been completely up-to-date. The addition of a bankruptcy on govt coverage and agriculture acquaints scholars with the facets of the coverage approach which has made such an influence during this sector. The balanced textual content describes common fiscal ideas illustrated essentially via examples drawn from farming and the meals undefined. on the finish of every bankruptcy is an workout applying the previous fabric, and of entirety of those routines types a vital part of the instructing functionality of this article. prolonged solutions to the questions posed within the routines, a listing of essay questions, and urged additional examining are given on the finish of the publication

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Explaining the Behaviour of Individuals 23 Objections to the Utility Theory The utility theory of consumer choice is open to criticism on the grounds that satisfaction and utility are very difficult to measure. No unit of utility has yet been devised comparable with, say, the calorie as a unit of heat. Calories are definable in an exact way, and apply universally to heat generated by sunlight, oil, combustion, friction etc. In contrast, it is impossible to construct reliable utility schedules for individuals, let alone groups of people, if no practicable unit of measure­ ment exists.

2. Where goods cannot be bought in units of one pennyworth, an Explaining the Behaviour of Individuals 33 approximation of the MUs of the last pennyworth is given by the following: MU of 1 unit of good A MU of 1 penny spent on good A = —;—; :—-— Price in pence of 1 unit of A Similarly for good B MU of 1 penny spent on good B = MU of 1 unit of good B Price in pence of 1 unit of B Note that the price per unit of A and B need not be the same. 3. If, at maximum satisfaction MU of 1 penny spent on = MU of 1 penny spent on good A good B Then, at maximum satisfaction MU of 1 unit of Good A _ MU of 1 unit of good B Price in pence of 1 unit of A Price in pence of 1 unit of B Rearranging MU of 1 unit of good A _ Price in pence of good A MU of 1 unit of good B Price in pence of good B This is usually written as MU of good A _ Price of A MUA _ PA MU of good B MUß Price of B Pß 4.

8) can be constructed and this curve can be divided into four phases. Phase (a) Income is so low that no butter is bought with increases in income. Income elasticity of demand is zero. Phase (b) With increases in income more butter is bought; at first a 1% change in income causes a large percentage increase in consumption. Income elasticity of demand is high, but falls as income increases. Phase (c) Increases in income cause no greater quantities of butter to be consumed. Income elasticity of demand is zero.

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