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Economics Chapter 5 Notes

by: Haley Morse

Economics Chapter 5 Notes Eco 280

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Introduction to Economics
Andrew Parkes
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Economics, Econ, demand, supply, Examples, elasticity
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Date Created: 09/21/16
Chapter 5 Chapter Objective: How to calculate price elasticity of demand and how this relates to total revenue (Sales)  Price Elasticity of demand: The responsiveness, or sensitivity, to a change in price, the ratio of the percentage change in the quantity demanded of a product to a percentage change in its price  E d (%  in Q demanded)/%  in price  The law of demand that quantity demanded and price are inversely related  Percent change is the difference between the 2 numbers divided by the original number  ( in quantity demanded/sum of quantities/2)/( in price/sum of prices/2)  Elastic Demand: A condition in which the percentage change in quantity demanded is Greater than the percentage change in price  Inelastic demand: The percentage in the quantity demanded is less than the percentage change in price  Unitary Elastic demand curve: The percentage change in the quantity demanded is equal to the percentage change in price  Elastic: things that can be substituted for something else  Inelastic: Things that you can’t get rid of easily-gasoline  Perfectly elastic demand curve: An extreme condition in which a small percentage change in price brings about an infinite percentage change in the quantity demanded, another extreme condition in which the quantity demanded does NOT change as the price changes  Price elasticity varies along a demand curve: The price elasticity of demand coefficient of demand applies only to a specific range of prices along the demand curve Factors that influence demand elasticity: 1. Availability of substitutes 2. Share of budget on the product 3. Adjustment to a price change over time  The more substitutes a product has, the more sensitive consumers are to a price change, and the more elastic the demand curve  The price elasticity of demand is directly related to the availability of good substitutes for a product  In general, the price elasticity coefficient of demand is higher the longer a price change persists 


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