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The Neglect of Monotone Comparative Statics Methods


  • Carol Horton Tremblay
  • Victor J. Tremblay


Monotone methods enable comparative static analysis without the restrictive assumptions of the implicit-function theorem. Ease of use and flexibility in solving comparative static and game-theory problems have made monotone methods popular in the economics literature and in graduate courses, but they are still absent from undergraduate mathematical economics courses and textbooks. In this article, the authors illustrate the generality of monotone comparative statics relative to the implicit function approach. For example, to sign the effect of a discrete policy shift on a choice variable, the marginal returns will increase with the policy parameter. They also apply monotone methods in game theory settings. As mathematical economics courses and majors gain popularity, incorporating monotone methods into curriculum and textbooks would provide a modern treatment of comparative static analysis.

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  • Carol Horton Tremblay & Victor J. Tremblay, 2010. "The Neglect of Monotone Comparative Statics Methods," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(2), pages 177-193, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:41:y:2010:i:2:p:177-193
    DOI: 10.1080/00220481003617293

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