11. Then banking market in Athens, Ohio, currently has four banks with market shares of 60 percent, 20 percent, 15 percent, and 5 percent. The two smallest banks have proposed merging. Under the standard merger guidelines of the Federal Reserve and the Justice Department, is the merger likely to be approved? Why or why not? In your answer, be as quantitative as possible.

It should be approved as it should be determined that the merging of the two will not lead to significantly less competition.

12. The city of Puni 10 banks of various sizes. Bank A has 18 percent of all Puni’s deposit deposits, bank B has 15 percent, bank C has 12 percent, bank D has 10 percent, the next five banks have 8 percent each, and the smallest bank has 5 percent. Suppose that banks A and D propose a merger at the same time that banks B and C propose a merger. You, as the baking structure analyst at the Federal Reserve Board, which will use your analysis to make a decision. Be sure that your answer includes the numerical considerations relevant to the case.

13. Suppose that in 2013 a country has capital of 450 units, labor of 5,000 units, and output of 10,000 units. In 2014, the country has capital of 480 units, labor of 5,050 units, and output of 10,300 units. In both years, a=0.2 in Equations (4). Calculate the level of TFP in both years and the growth rate of TFP from 2013 to 2014.

14. In the country of Bigcap, the coefficient in Equation (4) is a=0.3, the capital stock is growing 10 percent per year, employment is growing 1 percent per year, and output is growing 5 percent per year. In the country of Smallcap, the coefficient in Equation (4) is a=0.1, the capital stock is growing 3 percent per year, employment is growing 2 percent per year, and output is growing 4 percent per year. In which country is TFP growing faster? Expalin your answer and interpret what the result means.

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Due By (Pacific Time) | 02/21/2015 12:00 pm |

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