ECON111 Assignment Questions: MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES S2 2018
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Total Marks 100 – Weighting: 25%
The Individual Assignment relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
Recognise and communicate the importance of microeconomics in the Australian
and global economies
Knowledge and understanding: Recognise how principles of microeconomics are
relevant in understanding decision-making by individuals, business and government
Problem solving: Apply theoretical understanding of microeconomics to real life
Ethics: Demonstrate ability to evaluate economic theory and real world applications
in the context of equity considerations
These learning outcomes support development of the following Graduate Capabilities:
Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens
Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills
Problem Solving and Research Capability
The assignment must be submitted via Turnitin by 11am on Tuesday 2 October 2018.
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Friday September 28.
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ECON111 Assignment Questions
Q1. (2 marks) From the perspective of economic theory, what is a minimum wage and when
is it binding?
Q2. (2 marks) According to the Fair Work Commission’s National Minimum Wage Order for
2018 (available on it’s website), what is the national minimum wage per hour in Australia
for an adult worker?
The following information will be used for the remaining 10 questions.
Assume that the market for unskilled labour in Australia is a competitive market and can be
described by the following demand and supply curves:
D = 1,500,000 – 60,000W
S = 120,000W – 1,200,000
Where W = wage rate per hour for labour, D is hours of labour demanded and S is hours of labour
Q3. (10 marks) Calculate the equilibrium wage rate and quantity of unskilled labour
employed. Draw a diagram to illustrate your answer.
Q 4. (8 marks) Show on your diagram and calculate the size of the:
(i) Consumer/firm surplus (3 marks)
(ii) Producer/worker surplus (3 marks)
(iii) Total Surplus (2 marks)
Q5. (6 marks) Suppose that the Fair Work Commission imposes a minimum wage of $19 per
(i) How many hours of employment are exchanged in the market? (2 marks)
(ii) Calculate the size of the surplus or shortage of hours created by the imposition of the
minimum wage. (4 marks)
ECON111 MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES S2 2018
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Q6. (12 marks) Assume that a minimum wage of $19.00 per hour is introduced. However,
there is no change in either the Supply or Demand equations used in Question 3.
Draw a new diagram and label the minimum wage. This diagram should be at least ½ A4
page in size. (1 mark)
Calculate and show on the diagram:
i) Consumer/firm surplus (3 marks)
ii) Producer/worker surplus (3 marks)
iii) Total surplus (1 mark)
iv) Resources lost in job search (2 marks)
v) Deadweight loss (2 marks)
Q7. (6 marks) In answering the following questions, base your responses on what has
happened to the relevant surplus.
Following the introduction of the minimum wage explain if:
i) Firms are better off? (2 marks)
ii) Workers are better off? (2 marks)
iii) Society is better off? (2 marks)
Q8. (4 marks) Now assume that the resources lost in job search calculated in Q6 are actually
captured by producers (workers). In other words, now assume that no resources at all are
lost in job search activity.
Re-calculate the following:
i) Consumer/firm surplus (1 mark)
ii) Producer/worker surplus (1 mark)
iii) Total surplus (1 mark)
iv) Deadweight loss. (1 mark)
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Q9. (5 marks) Based on your re-calculations in Q8, do your conclusions reported in Q7
Q10. (15 marks) Consider your responses in Q7 and Q9. From a consequentialist perspective
that has as its objective allocative efficiency, is the introduction of a minimum wage ethically
justified? Explain. [Maximum 200 words]
Q11. (15 marks) Consider your responses in Q7 and Q9. From a consequentialist perspective
that has as its objective improving the standard of living of unskilled workers, is the
introduction of a minimum wage ethically justified? Explain. [Maximum 200 words]
Q12. (15 marks) From a deontological ethical framework, construct an argument either in
favour of a minimum wage or against it. [Maximum 200 words]
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