Hello all,

This problem comes up quite frequently in economics (and I am completely stuck...)

I have the choice to spread my consumption between a continuum of goods (indexed by over the interval [0,N]. Let be how much of good that I consume. Let be my total consumption (the total consumption of each individual good). We can express this as .

Notice that we are integrating with respect to , not . I have no idea how to manipulate the above expression. Can we just take the anti-derivative with respect to ? How could I solve for an individual ? Any advice (no matter how little), would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

Nick