Economists spend a lot of time analyzing optimization problems. Mathematica can make such analysis easier in a number of ways: 1) it can calculate firstand second-order conditions; 2) it can solve first-order conditions for optimal solutions; 3) it can depict optimal solutions graphically; 4) it can perform comparative statics analysis; 5) it can solve simple dynamic programming problems. In this chapter we will describe how to use Mathematica to perform such operations. Most of the calculations are standard in microeconomics; Varian (1992) describes the relevant theory.


Principal Minor Indirect Utility Function Dynamic Programming Problem Inverse Optimization Problem Hicksian Demand 
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  1. Varian, Hal (1992) Microeconomic Analysis, W. W. Norton & Co., New York.Google Scholar
  2. Wolfram, Stephen (1991) Mathematica: a System for Doing Mathematics by Computer, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA.Google Scholar

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  • Hal R. Varian

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