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ECON 213 Problem Set 2 A++
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.      The following table presents data for wages in the market for internet security professionals.

(HINT: in the labor market the roles are reversed. Those who want to hire labor are the demanders. The workers enter the work force providing labor to the market place so they are the suppliers.)


Quantity Demanded

Quantity Supplied

















What is the equilibrium wage?$60,000          



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Your job is to:



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