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Econ equilibrium problem

  1. Dec 5, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Assume Harvard has the following marginal cost equation and acts like a competitive firm:
    MC = 10X + 100

    The aggregate demand for education at the College is:
    X^D("D" simply stands for demand)= 200 - .5p

    The demand function above does not account for an additional bene t to society from education.
    Speci cally, society bene ts $6 per unit of education consumed.

    What is the equilibrium price and quantity of education units (X) if there is no government

    2. Relevant equations

    Equilibrium occurs when supply equals deman

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have MC, which I know also equals the supply. But the thing that throws me off with this problem is the presence of different variables. I cannot solve for X by setting the two equations together because of the existence of the P variable.

    Any ideas on how to approach this?

    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 5, 2012 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    What does X represent in this equation?
    Is this really XD or did you mean XD? As you wrote it, it means X to the power D.

    What is p in the demand equation? Price? If so, in what units?
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