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Utility Suppose that the utility function for two products is given by U   =   x 2 y , and the budget constraint is 2 x   +   3 y   120 . Find the values of x and y that maximize utility. Check by graphing the budget constraint with the indifference curve for maximum utility and with two other indifference curves.

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To calculate: The values of x and y that maximize utility. Suppose that the utility function for two products is given by U=x2y and that the budget constraint is 2x+3y=120. Check by graphing the budget constraint with the indifference curve for maximum utility and with two other indifference curves.

Explanation

Given Information:

The provided utility function is U=x2y subject to the constraint 2x+3y=120.

Formula used:

According to the Lagrange multipliers method to obtain maxima or minima for a function z=f(x,y) subject to the constraint g(x,y)=0,

(1) Find the critical values of f(x,y) using the new variable λ to form the objective function F(x,y,λ)=f(x,y)+λg(x,y).

(2) The critical points of f(x,y) are the critical values of F(x,y,λ) which satisfies g(x,y)=0.

(3) The critical points of F(x,y,λ) are the points that satisfy Fx=0, Fy=0, and Fλ=0, that is, the points which make all the partial derivatives of zero.

For a function f(x,y), the partial derivative of f with respect to y is calculated by taking the derivative of f(x,y) with respect to y and keeping the other variable x constant. The partial derivative of f with respect to y is denoted by fy.

Power of x rule for a real number n is such that, if f(x)=xn then f(x)=nxn1.

Constant function rule for a constant c is such that, if f(x)=c then f(x)=0.

Coefficient rule for a constant c is such that, if f(x)=cu(x), where u(x) is a differentiable function of x, then f(x)=cu(x).

Calculation:

Consider the function, U=x2y.

The provided constraint is 2x+3y=120.

According to the Lagrange multipliers method,

The objective function is F(x,y,λ)=f(x,y)+λg(x,y).

Thus, f(x,y)=x2y and g(x,y)=2x+3y120.

Substitute x2y for f(x,y) and 2x+3y120 for g(x,y) in F(x,y,λ)=f(x,y)+λg(x,y).

F(x,y,λ)=x2y+λ(2x+3y120)

Since, the critical points of F(x,y,λ) are the points that satisfy Fx=0, Fy=0, and Fλ=0.

Recall that, for a function f(x,y), the partial derivative of f with respect to y is calculated by taking the derivative of f(x,y) with respect to y and keeping the other variable x constant.

Use the power of x rule for derivatives, the constant function rule and the coefficient rule.

Thus,

Fx=0(2x)y+λ(2)=02λ=2xyλ=xy

And,

Fy=0x2+λ(3)=03λ=x2λ=x23

And,

Fλ=02x+3y120=02x+3y=120

Solve the equations λ=xy and λ=x23.

Substitute xy for λ in λ=x23.

xy=x233xy=x2x23xy=0x(x3y)=0

Simplify it further,

x=0 or x3y=0

That is, x=0 or x=3y

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