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Homework Help: Econ

Posted by Tiffany on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 9:11pm.

Consider the situation faced by a for-profit educational institution, such as the University of Phoenix. It has done an analysis of its costs of teaching lower-level business courses (introductory accounting, business law, and so on) in its Indianapolis facilities, and has discovered that its marginal cost of enrolling an additional student in one lower-level business course is about $125. A further analysis indicates that students who are part-time students have a price elasticity of demand of these courses of -2.5, while students who are employed full-time have a price elasticity of demand of -1.8.

a. Do you think that the conditions for price discrimination are met in this case?

b. Assuming that the conditions are met, what is the profit-maximizing tuition for full-time students? For part-time workers?

c. Again, assume that the conditions for price-discrimination are met. Why might you decide not to price discriminate? Or would you definitely price-discriminate?

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