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What determines how much is supplied to the market?

What determines how much is supplied to the market?


School: Western Michigan University
Department: Economics
Course: Principles of Microeconmics
Professor: Kim
Term: Summer 2015
Tags: Econ, supply, demand, Economics 2010, notes, review, Examples, and Q/A
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Name: Econ Notes 4
Description: These notes are a bundle of chapter 5- the beginning of 7. They are vital information to know for the econ test and contain all the necessary equations, examples, and Q&A's.
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Econ 2010 Notes 3

What determines how much is supplied to the market?


-The amount of a good that a firm could and would sell at all  possible prices, given the environment.

Q: What determines how much is supplied to the market?

-Free markets determine how much is supplied.

-The price! (Important for supply and demand)

Supply Schedule 

-A table that shows the relationship between the price of a good  and the quantity supplied.

Law of Supply 

-As the price goes up, quantity supplied goes up  -Opposite of the law of demand. If you want to learn more check out What is the main difference between cohabitation and marriage?

-So it is positively related

-As a seller, you want to make as much profit as possible. Q: What is the slope of the Supply Curve?

: what is the ultimate goal in doing business?

-The curve will have a positive slope and increase.

Market Supply vs. Individual Supply 

-The quantity supplied in the market is the sum of the quantities  supplied by all sellers at each price.

-Just add to get the total quantity supplied! We also discuss several other topics like What does a double integral represent?

-They are also positively related.

Determinants of Supply: Don't forget about the age old question of What does the doppler effect mean?

1. Price of the good  

2. Prices of Inputs  

3. Technology

4. Number of Suppliers

5. Expectations of future prices

Price decreases  Quantity supplied decreases

-Just like demand you MOVE ALONG THE SUPPLY CURVE

Q: What is the ultimate goal in doing business?

what other factors that effect supply?

We also discuss several other topics like What is the meaning of anorexia nervosa in eating disorders?

-To make a profit!

-Profit = total revenue-total cost

-Price x quantity

A change in supply 

-Opposite of a change in demand

An increase in supply

=The entire SC shifts to the right (out)

A decrease in supply

=The entire SC shifts left (in)

Q: What determines cost of production?

-if a firm can produce the good cheaper then it will want to  produce more of the good at all possible prices.

Input prices 

-The cost of production.

-What is used in order to create the output!

-Wages cost of machines, rent, raw materials, and workers. Ex: Illegal immigrants are willing to work for low wages. This means  less cost of production and the supply will increase. The supply curve  will shift to the right because we are supplying more!

Technology If you want to learn more check out What is the meaning of tax advantages?

-Better technology makes firm more efficient = more output for  some amount of input.

Q: What other factors that effect supply?

Number of suppliers 

-If there are more firms in a industry, then more will be supplied  at any price


-Future prices

-If you are a seller, you expect the price will go up in the future.  Do you sell now or later? You sell later! You will make maximize your  profit!

-Opposite of demand expectations

Ex: Suppose there is an increase in the price of steel. We would expect  the supply curve for steel beams to____

-Shift to the left

-Price of inputs goes up

-Cost of production goes up

-Supply goes down

-Therefore shifts to the left

Equilibrium Price 

-Where price has reached the level where quantity supplied  equals quantity demanded.

-On the chart, the demand line and the supply line cross at this  point.

-A perfect market!


-Shortage (=excess demand) Qs < Qd

-Surplus (=excess supply) Qs > Qd

Three Steps to Analyze Changes in Equilibrium Don't forget about the age old question of Are humans the only animals who have music?

1. Decide whether event shifts supply curve, or the demand curve,  or both,

2. Decide in which direction curve shifts (left or right?) 3. Use supply-demand diagram to see how the shift changes price  and quantity.

What happens when both supply and demand shifts at the same time?

-Supply increases, Demand increases  Price ?, Quantity rises -Supply decreases, Demand deceases  Price ?, Quantity falls -Supply increases, Demand decreases  Price falls, Quantity ? -Supply decreases, Demand increases  Price rises, Quantity ?

Chapter 5

Elasticity and its Applications


-A numerical measure of responsiveness of quantity demanded  or quantity supplied to on of the determinants.  

-Always has to do with the responsiveness between 2 variables.

Price Elasticity of Demand 

- Measures how much quantity demanded responds to a  change in price.

- The size of this number determines customers’ sensitivity  towards price.  

- Smaller numbers means people will not react as much to price changes.

- Larger numbers means people will react more to price  changes.

Price elasticity demanded = % change in quantity  demanded / % change in price


-Price rises by 10%.

-Quantity falls by 15%.

- -15%/10% = (WILL ALWAYS BE A NEGATIVE NUMBER) the  absolute value of -1.5 = 1.5


-Price falls by 10%.

-Income increases by 5%.

-Quantity increases by 20%.

-Price elasticity cannot by calculated because there is a changing income variable.

Calculating Percentage Changes 

Standard method (do not use because gives different answers  depending on which variable you start with)

-End value – start value / start value x 100

Midpoint Method

-End value – start value / midpoint x 100

-The midpoint is the number halfway between the start and the  end values, the average of those values.

-Does not matter where you start or where you end!

Change in quantity demanded / quantity average (midpoint) =  (Q2 – Q1) / ((Q2 + Q1) /2) x100

Change in price / price average (midpoint) = (P2-P1) / ((P2 +  P1) / 2) x100


-When the price of a good is %5, the quantity demanded is 100  units per month; when the price is $7, the quantity demanded is 80  units per month. Using the midpoint formula, the price elasticity of  demand is about…?


-Elasticity demanded = % change in quantity / % change in price -(100 – 80 / 90) / (7 – 5 / 6) = 22.2 / 33.3 = 0.67

The Variety of Demand Curves 

-The flatter the curve, the more elastic it is!

-The price of elasticity of demand is closely related to the slope  of the demand curve



Elastic Demand  

Ed > 1

Unit elastic demand  

Ed = 1

Inelastic demand  

Ed < 1

Perfectly elastic demand (ex: $1 for 4 quarters)  

Ed = infinite

Perfectly inelastic demand (ex: medicine, medical treatment)  Ed = 0

Determinants of Price Elasticity 

1. Availability of close substitutes (more substitutes > less  substitutes)

-Ex: breakfast cereal vs. sunscreen

-Price goes up  which good is more elastic? (Which good does  quantity demanded drop?)

-Breakfast cereal has many close substitutes, so buyers can  easily switch if the price rises. It is more elastic and people  respond more to price change.

-Sunscreen does not have close substitutes, and therefore is  inelastic and people respond less towards price changes.

2. Necessities vs. luxuries (necessities < luxuries)

-Ex: insulin vs. Caribbean cruises

-Price goes up  which is more elastic?

-Insulin is a necessity. A rise in its price would cause little or no  decrease in demand. It is inelastic and people react less to price  change.

-Caribbean Cruises are a luxury and you don’t really need it to  survive. If it goes up you are likely not to go. It is elastic and  people react to price change.

3. Definition of the market (narrower good > broader good)

-Ex: blue jeans vs. clothing

-Price goes up  which is elastic?

-For a narrowly defined good, such as blue jeans, there are many  substitutes. This is elastic and people react more to price change. -For a broader good such as clothing, there are not many substitutes (nude?). This is inelastic and people react less to price.

4. Time horizon (long time > short time)

-Ex: Gasoline in the short run vs. gasoline in the long run -Price goes up  which is more elastic?

-There’s not many people that can do a short run, other than ride  the bus or carpool. Fewer substitutes. People react less to price  because they don’t have enough time to do so and therefore it is  inelastic.

In a long run, people can buy smaller cars or live closer to where  they work. They have more substitutes. The long run person react  more to price change and is elastic.

5. Cost relative to income (expensive good > cheap goods)

-Ex: pencil vs. vacation trip

-Price goes up  which is more elastic?

-Pencils are a small portion of a persons’ income and people don’t  care. It is inelastic and people react less to price change. -Vacation trips are a large portion of an income. People react to  price change and it is elastic.

Price Elasticity of Demand and Total Revenue 

Total Revenue 

-Total Revenue = Price * Quantity

-A price increase has two effects on revenue

Price Effect 

-Higher price means more revenue on each unit you sell. Quantity Effect 

-The price increases, you make more revenue, but you sell fewer  units due to the Law of Demand.


Which of these effects is bigger?


It depends on the price elasticity of demand.

-If demand is elastic, than elasticity of demand > 1

-This means the total revenue falls. (Quantity Effect > Price  Effect)

-If demand is inelastic, than elasticity of demand < 1

-This means that the total revenue will rise. (Price Effect >  Quantity Effect)

Cross-Price Elasticity of Demand

-Measures the response of demand for one good to changes in  the price of another.

=% change in quantity for good X / % change in price for  good Y

-For substitutes, cross-price elasticity >0

Ex: An increase in the price of beef causes an increase in  demand for chicken.

-For compliments, cross-price elasticity < 0 (negative)

Ex: an increase in the price of computers causes a decrease in  the demand for software.

Price Elasticity of Supply 

-Measures how much quantity supplied responds to a change in  price.

=% change in quantity supplied / % change in price

-It measures sellers’ price-sensitivity

-In a graph, the steeper the curve, the more elastic the supply

Chapter 7

Consumers, Producers


-How society can best allocate its scarce resources

Allocation of resources refers to:

-How much of each good is produced?

-Which producers produce it?

-Which consumers consume it?

Welfare Economics 

-Studies how the allocation of resources affects economic well being.

Marginal benefit

-Measures how much a buyer values a good

-The benefit a person receives from consuming one more unit of  a good.

-The max amount that a person is willing to pay for an additional  unit of a good.

-The willingness to pay


-You’re willing to pay $5 for one slice of pizza because you are  super hungry.  

-You’re still hungry, but not as much, so you’re willing to pay $3  for the second slice.

-For the third slice, you’re even less full and less desperate for  food, my willingness to pay is $1

The principle of decreasing marginal benefit 

-MB decreases as you consume more of a good.

-Demand Curve = Willingness to Pay Curve = Marginal Benefit  Curve

-The demand curve looks like a staircase. (one step per buyer) Consumer Surplus 

-The amount a buyer is willing to pay minus the amount the  buyer actually pays.

-Consumer Surplus = Willingness to Pay – Price = Marginal  benefit – Price


-Price is $260

-Ryan’s willingness to buy is $300

-300 – 260 = 40

-Consumer Surplus = $40

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