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ECON MACRO

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William A. McEachern
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337000529
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ECON MACRO

5th Edition
William A. McEachern
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337000529

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Chapter
Section
Chapter 2, Problem 1.1P
Textbook Problem

Suppose you go to a restaurant and buy an expensive meal. Halfway through, despite feeling quite full, you decide to clean your plate. After all, you think, you paid for the meal, so you are going to eat all of it What's wrong with this thinking?

Expert Solution
To determine

To explain: If the thought of finishing an expensive meal even if the appetite is full is right or not.

Concept Introduction:

Sunk costs are costs which cannot be recovered once it’s incurred. The business does not consider sunk costs when planning on the production or selling of the goods, because they cannot alter these costs to reduce total costs or increase revenue. Sunk costs are a part of every business organization. Thus, one can work effectively to reduce these sunk costs.

Explanation of Solution

Since the cost of the expensive meal is already incurred, it cannot be recovered. Thus, it is a sunk cost. Since now the sunk cost is already incurred, it should not be considered in the decision making to maximize utility. Thus, if an individual cleans their plate despite being full, they are reducing their utility because they have already received the maximum utility from the dish when they are full. Irrespective of eating the entire dish or leaving it halfway, still means you have paid for the entire dish. Thus, one can rather choose to share the dish or pack the leftovers to eat at home, thus, keeping their utility intact.

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