BUS/640 BUS 640 BUS640 Managerial Economics

1. At a management luncheon, two managers were overheard arguing about the following statement: A manager should never hire another worker if the new person causes

diminishing returns. Is this statement correct? If so, why? If not, explain why not.

2. Publishing House uses 400 printers and 200 printing presses to produce books. A printers wage rate is $20, and the price of a printing press is $5,000. The last printer added 20 books to total output, while the last press added 1,000 books to total output. Is the publishing house making the optimal input choice? Why or why not? If not, how should the manager of Largo Publishing House adjust input usage?

3. Suppose a firm is currently using 500 laborers and 325 units of capital to produce its product. The wage rate is $25, and the price of capital is $130. The last laborer adds 25 units to total output, while the last unit of capital adds 65 units to total output. Is the manager of this firm making the optimal input choice? Why or why not? If not, what should the manager do?