marginal utility

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Noun1.marginal utility - (economics) the amount that utility increases with an increase of one unit of an economic good or servicemarginal utility - (economics) the amount that utility increases with an increase of one unit of an economic good or service
economic science, economics, political economy - the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management
utility - (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
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Equally important is what may well be regarded as the final formulation of the marginal utility analysis by J.R.
Note that the first integral on the right-hand side in (18) is negative, representing the marginal utility cost of a higher a when returns are low, whereas the second term is positive, representing the marginal utility benefit of a higher a when returns are high.
Generally, designing the contract needs an additional endogenous state variable to capture the shadow value (in terms of the agent's marginal utility) of the hidden state.
The hypothesis of utility and marginal utility can thus be said to be an unjustified reductionism.
In addition, since the marginal utility of a size-limited fish may vary depending on the maximum size limit itself, there are three additional dummy variables for the different fish in the bag limit that indicate whether a maximum size limit is applied to that fish.
Economists have referred to this problem as the "water-diamond paradox," and its solution was completed with the theory of marginal utility in the late 19th century.
Property 1: In an optimal renewable energy allocation method, each allocated user i, i.e., [r.sub.i] > 0, must have an identical marginal utility value [u.sub.i]([r.sub.i]).
An implication of standard life-cycle models is that optimizing individuals will equate the expected marginal utility of consumption across states and periods if insurance is available at actuarially fair rates.
However, readers who have a "diminishing marginal utility" for the nuances of academic economics may safely bypass the in-depth mathematical discussions and proceed to his qualitative discussion of this subject.
I'm not sure how much stock to put in that result, which uses happiness data "to estimate how fast the marginal utility of income declines as income increases using an iterated maximum likelihood procedure, assuming a constant relative risk aversion utility function." But there do seem to be a lot of indications that the famously footloose and risk-tolerant citizens of the US are becoming less willing to take leaps into the unknown.
Literally, this says to equate the marginal utility per dollar spent across the two goods.