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Principles of Micro Economics: Invisible Hand

by: Dasmine Ferrer

Principles of Micro Economics: Invisible Hand Econ 103

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Consumer, producer, total surplus.
Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
Anna Shostya
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consumer surplus, producer surplus, total surplus, Micro Economics, Shostya, pace
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Date Created: 03/06/16
3/6/16 Principles of Micro-Economics Notes: Invisible Hand in Supply and Demand By: Dasmine Ferrer  Adam Smith wrote “Wealth of Nations” (1776)  Invisible Hand: Smith described this as the unintentional benefits from individual actions. The Demand Curve and Consumer Surplus:  Consumer Surplus: amount a consumer is willing to pay MINUS the price the consumer ACTUALLY pays. o Ex: Jamie really wants to buy concert tickets and expects them to be $150. However, when she searches online to see how much they cost, they end up being $80. Therefore the consumer surplus would be $70. To compute the total consumer surplus, add up all surpluses for each consumer who buys. The Supply Curve and Producer Surplus  Producer Surplus: Equals the price a producer receives for a product MINUS the marginal costs of product. o If marginal costs for a haircut is $10 and a barber does it for $15, the producer surplus is $5.  Willingness to accept: minimum amount a producer is willing to accept as payment fora product.  Market producer surplus equals the sum of the surpluses learned by all producers in the market. Total Surplus  Total Surplus: sum of consumer surplus and producer surplus. *Market Price DECREASES = consumer surplus INCREASES & producer surplus DECREASES* *Market Price INCREASES = consumer surplus DECREASES & producer surplus INCREASES* Key Words:  Deadweight Loss: when equilibrium for a good or service is not acheived or is not achievable. (Groups C and E in graph above)  Gross Price: Price paid by consumers.  Net Price: the difference between the full cost MINUS the discount. o Example: The price to attend college MINUS the grants and scholarships that a student receives.  Marginal Utility: additional satisfaction a consumer gains from consuming one more unit of good or service.  Law of Diminishing Utility: (negative marginal utility) as a consumer increases consumption of a product, there is a decline in marginal utility that the consumer derives from consuming each additional product. o Example: When someone consumes one donut, they are satisfied and full. When the same person consumes a second donut, they are starting to feel discomfort from all the carbs and sugar. When the consumer consumes a third donut, they are officially dissatisfied, therefore the marginal utility has decreased.


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