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MSU - AEC 2713 - Class Notes - Week 5

School: Mississippi State University
Department: Economics
Course: Intro to Food & Resource Econ
Professor: Danny Barefield
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: Econ, Economics, Microeconomic, and Microeconomics
Name: Intro to Food and Resource Economics Week Five
Description: this is the beginning of test two material. chapter 5 notes.
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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background image Intro to Food and Resource Economics Week 5: September 12-16, 2016 if you do not understand chapter 4 you need to go back 
and review because it is a very important chapter.
Chapter 5: Elasticity and its Application Example:
You own a coffee shop and sell your lattes for the equilibrium 
price of $3 each
However, your input costs are increasing and you are 
contemplating a price increase to $4 per cup
You know that the Law of Demand says that you will sell fewer 
cups of coffee if you increase the price, but you don’t know 
how many fewer cups you will sell
How much will your revenue fall or increase? Elasticity: Elasticity measures the degree to which one variable (either 
price or quantity) responds to changes in the other variable
The Price Elasticity of Demand measures how much the quantity 
demanded of lattes will fall if you raise your price
Elasticity is a numerical measure of the responsiveness of 
quantity demanded or quantity supplied to one of its 
determinants
Price elasticity of demand price elasticity of demand = percentage change in quantity 
demanded/ percentage change in price
The Price Elasticity of Demand measures the change in 
quantity demanded resulting from a change in price Loosely 
speaking, it measures the buyers’ responsiveness to changes 
in price
- when you work out a price elasticity of demand problem you will 
get a negative number, don't remove the negative because it 
illustrates the demand even though the negative is understood.
background image To solve the problem of which way do you move along the curve we 
will use a midpoint method to calculate the price elasticity of 
demand.
Price elasticity Problem: - Price elasticity of demand = [(Qd2-Qd1)/Qmid]/ [(P2-P1)/Pmid]
- Midpoints
Q mid  = (15 – 12)/2 + 12 = 13.5 P mid  = ($4 - $3)/2 + $3 = $3.50 - Price Elasticity of demand = [(15-12)/ 13.5]/ [(3-4)/ 3.50] - PE of D = [3/13.5]/ [-1/3.50] - PE of D = 0.22/ -0.29 - PE of D = -0.7 (Keeping in mind the graph below for further understanding)
- The price elasticity of demand changes as you move along the 
demand curve
- It is important to realize the portion of the demand curve for 
which you are estimating the price elasticity of demand
background image - the negatives show that demand will fall and the number is the 
percentage it will fall
Topics regarding the price elasticity of demand: The price elasticity of demand is closely related to the 
slope of the demand 
The steeper the slope of the demand curve, the smaller 
the price elasticity of demand
The flatter the slope of the demand curve, the larger 
the price elasticity of demand
Categories of the price elasticity of demand: perfectly inelastic inelastic unitary elastic elastic perfectly elastic In a perfectly inelastic demand (one extreme case): - the demand curve is perfectly vertical - consumer price sensitivity is none - elasticity is 0 - examples include: - pharmaceuticals such as insulin (if you need it you cant 
go without it)
- drinking water (you can’t go without it) In a inelastic demand: - If the absolute value of the price elasticity of demand is less 
than 1.0, then the demand curve is said to be inelastic 
- the demand curve slope is relatively steep - consumer price sensitivity is relatively low
background image - A specific percentage change in price will result in a smaller 
percentage change in quantity
- Examples: required textbooks for a college course, gasoline (at 
least in the short run) (price doesn’t matter you're still 
going to buy it if you want it)
- Price increases (decreases)  - Revenue increases (decreases) - if you have an inelastic demand if you increase price you will 
increase revenue. if you decrease price you decrease revenue
.
  Unit Elastic Demand: - the demand curve slope is “intermediate” - consumer price sensitivity is “intermediate” - A specific percentage change in price will result in the same 
percentage change in quantity
- price change will have no effect on revenue Elastic demand: - If the absolute value of the price elasticity of demand is 
greater than 1.0, then the demand curve is said to be elastic 
-  the demand curve slope is relatively flat - consumer price sensitivity is relatively high  - a specific percentage change in price will result in a greater 
percentage change in quantity
- price increases revenue decreases; price decreases revenue 
increases
- Examples:  steak, candy, new automobiles Perfectly elastic demand (the other extreme case) - If the absolute value of the price elasticity of demand is 
infinite (∞), then the demand curve is said to be perfectly elastic 
-  the demand curve slope is 0 or flat - consumer price sensitivity is relatively high 

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School: Mississippi State University
Department: Economics
Course: Intro to Food & Resource Econ
Professor: Danny Barefield
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: Econ, Economics, Microeconomic, and Microeconomics
Name: Intro to Food and Resource Economics Week Five
Description: this is the beginning of test two material. chapter 5 notes.
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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