## Problem 6 Problem 6, p115 in text A beekeeper and a farmer with an apple orchard are neighbors. This is convenient for the orchard owner since the bees pollinate the apple trees: one beehive pollinates one acre of orchard. Unfortunately, there are not enough bees next door to pollinate the whole orchard and pollination costs are $10 per acre. The beekeeper has total costs of TC = H2 + 10H + 10 and marginal costs MC = 10 + 2H where H is the number of hives. Each hive yields $20 worth of honey.

Problem 6

Problem 6, p115 in text

A beekeeper and a farmer with an apple orchard are neighbors. This is convenient for the orchard owner since the bees pollinate the apple trees: one beehive pollinates one acre of orchard. Unfortunately, there are not enough bees next door to pollinate the whole orchard and pollination costs are $10 per acre. The beekeeper has total costs of

TC = H2 + 10H + 10 and marginal costs MC = 10 + 2H where H is the number of hives. Each hive yields $20 worth of honey.

a. How many hives would the beekeeper maintain if operating independently of the farmer?

b. What is the socially efficient number of hives?

c. In the absence of transaction costs, what outcomes do you expect to arise from bargaining between the beekeeper and the farmer?

d. How high would total transaction costs have to be to erase all gains from bargaining?