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Question 1 (40 marks;)
Life expectancy is an indicator of how long a person can expect to live on average given the
environment s/he is in. It is a standard measure of population wellbeing in general. It is
commonly used by the government for policy planning related to future population ageing in a
country. It is also commonly used in calculating life insurance policy.
There are a number of studies done on the relationship between life expectancy and income. It
is believed that people with higher incomes tend to live longer than people with lower incomes
and the relationship can be linear or nonlinear.
Consider the data on life expectancy and income for the year 2015 from 194 countries obtained
from http://www.gapminder.org/ and reported in LifeExp2015.xls. The variable LE represents
life expectancy at birth in years. The variable GDP represents the country’s Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) per capita after adjusting for purchasing power parity so that GDP from
different countries are comparable. The unit of measurement for GDP is in 1000 international
dollars.
Consider three functional forms for the relationship between life expectancy and income.
i 1 2 i i LE    GDP  e (1.1)
  1 2ln i i i LE    GDP  v (1.2)
2
i 1 2 i i LE     GDP   (1.3)
(a) Explain what each of the above functional forms imply in terms of the relationship
between life expectancy and GDP? (6 marks)
(b) Using the data for 194 countries, estimate the three equations and report the results the
usual way. (6 marks)
(c) Plot the fitted equations onto a scatterplot of the data. Which equation seems to best
match your observations? Explain why? (6 marks)
(d) Obtain and comment on residual plots against the explanatory variable for each
equation. Which model seems best specified? (6 marks)
(e) Obtain histograms of your residuals for each model and discuss if they resemble a
normal distribution. Perform a test of normality on each set of residuals. (6 marks)
(f) Interpret and compare the 2 R for each of your three equations, and explain why it is
possible to make this comparison. (4 marks)
(g) Which is your preferred model? Use your answers in parts b) to f) above to justify your
choice. (6 marks)
Question 2 (25 marks for ETF5910 students only)
This question continues from Question 1. It may be of interest to compare life expectancy
between two levels of incomes. Some previous studies have shown that a big proportion of
population around the world receive income in 2015 around 2,000 international dollars. At the
same time, some people at the high end of the global income distribution receive income more
than 30,000 international dollars. Using the preferred model in Question 1 (g):
(a) Predict life expectancy values for the two levels of GDPs. Obtain a 99% prediction
interval for both predicted life expectancy values. Compare and comment on the
finding. (10 marks)
(b) Find the estimates of the slopes
 
 
d LE
d GDP
at the points where GDP  2,000 and
GDP  30,000. (2 marks)
(c) Find estimates of the elasticities
 
 
d LE GDP
d GDP LE
 at the point where GDP  2,000 and
GDP  30,000. (3 marks)
(d) Based on the finding from parts (a) to (c), write a short report (not more than half a
page) in terms of life expectancy between low and high income populations.
(10 marks)
QUESTION 3 (45 marks)
Consider the following total cost function where i TC represents total cost for the ith firm and
i Q represents quantity of output.
2 3
i 1 2 i 3 i 4 i i TC     Q   Q   Q  e (3.1)
Two other costs that may be of interest are average cost per quantity of output and marginal
cost for an extra output. Average cost is obtained by dividing total cost by quantity of output.
Using total cost as defined in equation (3.1) average cost function can be defined as:
2
2 1 3 4
1
i i i i
i
AC Q Q v
Q
         (3.2)
where the new error term is i i i v  e Q . Note that the parameters 1 2 3 4  , , and  are the same
parameters as those in equation (3.1).
Marginal cost is obtained from taking derivative of total cost with respect to output. From the
total cost function defined in (3.1) marginal cost function can be derived as:
2
2 3 4 2 3 i i i MC     Q   Q (3.3)
Data on a sample of 28 firms in the clothing industry are in the file clothes.wf1.
(a) Consider the total cost function (3.1). What sign would you expect for 2 3  , and 4  ?
Explain why. Answer this before looking at the data. (5 marks)
(b) Estimate the total cost function (3.1) and report results. Are the signs for the estimated
coefficients turn out as expected? (5 marks)
(c) Using   0.01 test individually the individual significance of 2 3 4  , and  .(6 marks)
(d) Using   0.01 test the significance of the model. (3 marks)
(e) Test whether the data suggest that a linear total cost function will suffice. (5 marks)
(f) What parameter restrictions imply a linear average cost function? Test these restrictions.
(4 marks)
(g) Calculate the predicted total, average and marginal cost for output 1,2, ,10 i Q  using
the parameter estimates from (b). (3 marks)
(h) Graph the predicted total, average and marginal cost for output 1,2, ,10 i Q  calculated
in (g). (3 marks)
(i) It is believed that it is profitable for firms to produce when price exceeds average cost
and firms will decide to shut down if price is less than average cost. Also, average cost
is at minimum when i i AC  MC . From the graph in (h) roughly find the output level i Q
where i i AC  MC . Calculate the minimum average cost implied by the estimated
parameters in (b). At what price should the firm make a decision to shut down?
(5 marks)
(k) Find estimates of 1 2 3 4  , , and  by applying least squares to the average cost function
defined in (3.2). Report the results. Is it possible to make any decision about which set
of estimates might be “best”? (6 marks)

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ETF2100/5910 Introductory Econometrics
Assignment 1, Semester 1, 2018
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Sample Solution

Sample solution

Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.

 

References

Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.

Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.