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# Suppose that low-skilled workers employed in clearing woodland can each clear one acre per month if each is equipped with a shovel a machete and a chainsaw

Suppose that low-skilled workers employed in clearing woodland can each clear one acre per month if each is equipped with a shovel, a machete, and a chainsaw. Clearing one acre brings in \$1500 in revenue. Each worker’s equipment costs the worker’s employer \$275 per month to rent and each worker toils 40 hours per week for 4 weeks each month.

Instructions:In parta, enter your answer as a whole number. In partsb-e, round your answers to 2 decimal places.

a. What is the marginal revenue product of hiring one low-skilled worker to clear woodland for one month? \$.

b. How much revenue per hour does each worker bring in? \$.

c. If the minimum wage were \$9.28, would the revenue per hour in part b exceed the minimum wage? Yes or no.

If so, by how much per hour? \$ per hour.

d. Consider the employer’s total costs. These include the equipment costs as well as a normal profit of \$50 per acre. If the firm pays workers the minimum wage of \$9.28 per hour, what will the firm’s economic profit or loss be per acre?

The firm’s profit or loss per acre will be \$.

e. At what value would the minimum wage have to be set so that the firm would make zero economic profit from employing an additional low-skilled worker to clear woodland?

May 01 2020 View more View Less