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ECON202 Week 5 Notes

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ECON202 Week 5 Notes Econ202

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Week 5 Notes
Principles of Microeconomics
Professor Christopher Blake
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Economics, Microeconomics
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Date Created: 02/18/16
ECON 202, Week 5 2/16/16, Module 13  Total surplus- Welfare o Sum of consumer surplus (CS) and producer surplus (PS)  Module 13: Price Controls o Intervention in a market to change price o Two types of price controls:  Price Ceiling: maximum price that can be charged in a market (aimed at forcing prices down)  Price Floor: minimum price for a market (aimed at forcing prices up)  Price Ceiling o Maximum price for a market o Goal is to force prices down o In order to be in effect, the ceiling must be set below equilibrium (Pstar) o Quantity supplied is lower than quantity demanded o Before:  CS: A+B  PS: C+D+E  TS: A+B+C+D+E o Restricted quantity: The quantity being exchanged in the market when the price ceiling is established o Price ceiling prevents otherwise beneficial transactions from existing in the market o After:  CS: A+C  PS: E  TS: A+C+E  Deadweight loss (DWL)= B+D  Is a general term that represents the loss to total surplus because potentially beneficial transactions don’t occur  Rent control: o What does B represent? The people who are no longer renting due to the shortage, they are worse off o What does D represent? The producers of rent who do not participate in the market anymore, they are worse off o What does C represent? C transfers from producers to consumers, prices being forced down is good for consumers because they pay lower rent prices  Natural disasters, oil, war products in WWII,  Price Floors o Minimum price for a market o Goal is to raise prices o In order to be in effect, it must be above equilibrium o Labor market (minimum wage), agricultural product, international air flights (historically) o Firms demand labor, labor is the supply o Price floor is the same as minimum wage o We have a surplus which is unemployment o Before:  CS: A+B+C  PS: D+E  TS: A+B+C+D+E o After:  CS: A  PS: B+D  TS: A+B+D  DWL: C+E 2 2/16/16, Module 14, Quantity Controls  Quota: maximum quantity that we impose on a market  Example: NYC taxi cab market o 1930s: Government issued 12,000 medallions to be able to drive a taxi in NYC ($10) o 1995: 12,000 medallions still exist 65 years later o Today: just over 13,000 medallions ($1M) o For a quota to be binding must be set below Qstar 2/18/16, Module 8: Price Elasticity of Demand  Elasticity: measure of responsiveness  Law of Demand: if price rises for a market, all else equal, demand should drop because the more money you have to pay, the less you want  Elasticity of demand tells us how responsive we are to a price change o Ed=%changeQd/%changeP  Shows how much our quantity demanded changes if price changes by a given percentage o Use midpoint method to calculate elasticity demand  Estimate the percent change of quantity demanded which equals (q2-q1) /(Q1+Q2)/2  Same for price but with the price number  Keys to Elasticity of Demand o Should always be negative  Focus on absolute value, not the negative number o Number itself tells us how responsive we are to a change in price  From our example: if price rises by 10 percent quantity demanded is going to fall by 18%. Module 9: Interpreting Price Elasticity of Demand  Price elasticity of demand is valuable information to firms o they can tell how much loss or gain they would have if they raise or lower prices o Help them determine how a price change impacts total revenue 3 o Total revenue: price*quantity o For any given price change, there is a price effect and a quantity effect on the total revenue a firm is going to be able to generate.  Goods and services can generally be categorized in three ways: o Elastic good or service: absolute value is greater than 1  Tells us that the percent change in quantity demanded is larger than the percent price change  We are very responsive in this situation  Remember “Drastic Elastic”  Quantity effect outweighs the price effect  If price rises, all else equal, the price effect on total revenue will be positive, but quantity demanded also falls which tells us that quantity effect is negative.  This means firms do not want to raise prices because it would mean a fall in total revenue o Unit Elastic Good or Service  Elasticity demand equals 1  Percent change in quantity demanded equals percent change in price o Inelastic Good or Service  Elasticity of demand is lower than 1 (0-1)  % change in quantity demanded < % change in price  Type of good or service where our response to price changes is minimal, we do not react extremely  Gasoline (0.5) (half a percent), milk, eggs (necessities)  Price effect outweighs quantity effect  If price rises, total revenue rises  Firms have an incentive to raise prices o Example: Flights  The price will rise if we continue to rise because they will see it as an inelastic good or service, by tracking how often you search for a flight and begin raising the price.  Determinants of Elasticity of Demand 4 o What is going to impact how responsive you are to a given price change o Availability of substitute goods or services  The more substitutes that there are, the more elastic the good or service tends to be. o Luxury or necessity  Necessities are more inelastic  Luxury items are more elastic o Share of income spent on the goods or services  Small share of income is more inelastic  Salt prices  Large share of income is more elastic  Rent prices o Passage of time  As more time passes, our demand tends to be more elastic  Gas prices rising likely won’t change your behavior today, but maybe a year from now they will.  Extreme Cases: o Generally, don’t happen in real life o Perfectly inelastic good or service:  Completely unresponsive to a price change  Corresponds to an Ed equal to 0  Creates a vertical demand curve o Perfectly elastic good or service  Infinitely responsive to price changes  Corresponds to an Ed equal to infinite  Creates a horizontal demand curve o At P1 we buy as much of the product as available, but when price changes, we don’t buy any and our quantity demanded goes to 0. o 5


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