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ECON Week 4 Notes

by: Charles Smith

ECON Week 4 Notes ECON 200

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These notes cover the things discussed in lecture during the fourth week of classes.
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Date Created: 09/22/16
Day 7:     When Quantity supplied is equal to the quantity demanded at a certain sell price. This is  referred to as the equilibrium price. Here there are no risks of shortages or surpluses. Free  markets always try and move forward so they can reach the equilibrium price.     Equilibrium is a temporary concept however.    An increase in supply causes the equilibrium to have a lower price and a higher quantity. An  increase in demand causes the equilibrium to have a higher price and a higher quantity. A  decrease in supply causes the equilibrium to change to a higher price and a lower quantity. A  decrease in demand causes the price and quantity to decrease.     Economists say often that prices are a, “rationing mechanism”. If the supply of a good falls, how  do prrices “ration” these now­scarce goods in a competitive market? The prices increase to  have those who see it as a non necessity, as not worth the extra money.     Prices allocate goods to the people with the highest willingness to pay. Sometimes it is better to  do other things. Like using prices to allocate goods to the people with the lowest value of their  own time (wait in line). Prices allocate goods to the people who deserve them the most.     There is nothing actually “free”. Often a “free” product or service is actually getting its costs  offsetted from somewhere else.     DAY 8:     Unexploited Gains from trade exist when quantity is below the Equilibrium Quantity. These are  also known as “wasteful trades”.     A free market maximises producer pay with incentives to selling more, this also causes more  gains from the inevitable trade. It is a producer’s goal to have the lowest possible cost in the  production of a good or service while still satisfying the needs of the highest value buyers. Since  this is very hard to do, one group, buyers or sellers, will have to have a better deal.     Distorted price signals cause resources cause resources to be misallocated. A Price ceiling is a  maximum price allowed by law. Policy makers may respond to buyers’ complaints that prices  are “too high”, by enacting price controls. Price ceilings can cause shortages, a reduction in the  product quality (in order to turn a profit), and wasteful lines/ other costs of search, (bribes in  order to solve problem but is constantly unfair. Also typically time is more valuable than money.) 


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