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# A FIRM CURRENTLY USES 40,000 WORKERS TO PRODUCE 180,000 UNITS OF OUTPUT PER DAY.

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A firm currently uses 40,000 workers to produce 180,000 units of output per day. The daily wage per worker is \$100, and the price of the firm's output is \$28. The cost of other variable inputs is \$500,000 per day. (Note: Assume that output is constant at the level of 180,000 units per day.)
Assume that total fixed cost equals \$1,200,000. Calculate the values for the following four formulas:
Total Variable Cost = (Number of Workers x Worker’s Daily Wage) + Other Variable Costs Total Costs = Total Variable Costs + Total Fixed Costs Total Revenue = Price * Quantity Average Variable Cost = Total Variable Cost / Units of Output per Day Average Total Cost = (Total Variable Cost + Total Fixed Cost) / Units of Output per Day Complete the following:
Calculate the firm’s profit or loss. Is the firm making a profit or a loss?
Explain the Short Run Shut Down Rule. Should this firm shut down? Please explain.
Provide a report to the management of the firm that discusses what should be done. Be sure to show your work to support the decision that you outline in your report.

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