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ECO 2023 Week 5 - Day 1 Lecture Notes

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Week 5 - Day 1 Lecture Notes 9/19/16 Allocative efficiency Consumer surplus Producer surplus
Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
Mark Rush
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9/19/16 ECO 2023 Week 5 – Day 1 Lecture Notes Chapter 5: Allocative Efficiency What’s most desirable point from a social prospective? Supply and demand tells what is most efficient point and Chapter 5 tells what is the most desirable point. Marginal Analysis  Important decision making tool  Market pays off for quantitative skills o EX: highest paying jobs are major in finance and economics  How we decide the amount to produce that is the best from a social perspective  If the marginal benefit of an action is greater than the marginal cost of the action, then do the action.  If the marginal benefit of an action is less than the marginal cost of the action, then do not do the action. What do I mean by “Marginal benefit?” And what about “Marginal cost?”  Marginal in economics means additional o What is the cost of just one more unit of an item? Marginal Benefit Measuring marginal benefit  The consumer is the person that benefits from the product Price Slices of Pizza a) Maximum price the consumer is willing to pay: $8 b) Value to the consumer: $8 $8 c) Marginal benefit to the consumer (MB): $8 d) Marginal social benefit (MSB): $8 $5 Demand = MSB Quantity 2 million 7 million  MB = MSB  Total benefit is different from marginal benefit.  As Quantity increases, the MSB decreases.  As Quantity decreases, the MSB increases.  $8 is the maximum price the consumer is willing to pay for the 2 millionth slice of pizza. Marginal Cost Measuring marginal cost Slices of Pizza a) Minimum price the producer Price is willing to accept: $3 S = MSC a. What determines minimum price? They are trying to make a $7 profit so making that additional slice of pizza has to cover costs of making pizza and giving them a little bit of profit b) Marginal cost to the producer (MC): $3 $3 c) Marginal social cost (MSC): $3 Quantity 4 million 9 million  MC = MSC  As Quantity increases, MSC increases.  As Quantity decreases, MSC decreases.  $3 is the minimum price the supplier is willing to accept to produce the 4 millionth slice of pizza. Now we’re going to put these curves together… Allocative Efficiency Put the MSB and the MSC curves together 1. Start at 1 and proceed unit by unit… 2. By producing where MSB=MSC, ALL the units with a surplus of benefit over cost have been produced. 3. By producing where MSB=MSC, NONE of the units with a loss of cost over benefit have been produced. 4. The total surplus… Price S (MSC) $13 $12 The orange triangle is the total surplus area. QEFF (MSB=MSC) $2 $1 D (MSB) Quantity 1 2 When you produce at QEFF When you produce at QEFF (Efficient quantity), you (Efficient quantity), you produce all of this area. produce none of this area.  MSB > MSC  MSB > MSC = DO action  MSB<MSC = DO NOT do action  QEFF = Allocative efficient quantity = social benefit  QEQ = Equilibrium quantity = individual benefit  QEFF = QEQ  At QEFF (QEQ), MSB = MSC  QEQ: D = S  QEFF: MSB = MSC We look at two different things: 1. Surplus benefit over cost of each individual unit 2. Surplus benefit over cost of all the units First Unit Second Unit Surplus benefit over $12 $10 coast of each individual unit Surplus benefit over $12 $22 cost of all the units  Want to get the maximum total surplus benefit possible; you want to get all of the benefits where the MSB exceeds the MSC; you want to produce everywhere that MSB exceeds MSC.  So we ideally want to produce at the QEFF point because MSB = MSC. Why produce at QEFF if at QEFF, MSB=MSC and it doesn’t add anything to your surplus benefit?  Why not? If producing at that point is not subtracting anything from your total surplus, then why not produce there.  If not producing there, then where else to produce? If you produce below QEFF then you lose some surplus benefit that you could have and you don’t have a maximum total surplus. Invisible Hand An amazing result!  The equilibrium quantity is the same as the allocative efficient quantity.  Paraphrasing Adam Smith (The Wealth of Nations) o “People, pursuing only their own self-interest are nonetheless led, as if by an invisible hand, to advance the social interest.”  MB = MSB, because individual benefit ends up also benefitting society. o There are instances where this doesn’t work and we will look at the later, but this works with many instances. Division of the Surplus  Consumer Surplus: The difference between the maximum price a consumer is willing to pay (MB=MSB) minus the price actually paid, summed over the quantity consumed.  Producer Surplus: The difference between the price actually received minus the minimum price a producer is willing to accept (=MC=MSC), summed over the quantity produced.  Total surplus = Consumer Surplus + Producer Surplus  Consumer surplus & producer surplus aren’t always equal. They can be equally divided and sometimes, they are not equally divided. Price S = MSC $10 $9 PMax The blue triangle is the Consumer surplus. $5 PEQ The green triangle is the Producer surplus. $2 PMin D = MSB Quantity 15 million  PMax = the maximum price that demanders are willing to pay  PEQ = the equilibrium price  PMin = the minimum price that suppliers are willing to accept  There is a consumer surplus of $4: o Consumers are willing to pay $9 but they only pay $5.  There is a producer surplus of $3: o Producers are willing to accept $2 but they receive $5.  The area of the consumer surplus (blue triangle): o Area = ½ * B * H o Area = ½ * 15 million * $5 o Area = $37.5 million Deadweight Loss What happens if less than the efficient quantity is produced? Deadweight Loss from Underproduction Price S = MSC The red triangle is the area of deadweight loss. If you produce at Q under, then you produce none of the area between Q under and QEFF. D = MSB None Quantity Q under QEFF Deadweight Loss from Overproduction Price S = MSC The red triangle is the area of deadweight loss. All D = MSB Quantity QEFF Q over If you produce at Q over, then you produce all of the area between QEFF and Q over.


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